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Red Sox add backstop Quiroz from Mariners

Red Sox add backstop Quiroz from Mariners

Red Sox add backstop Quiroz from Mariners
SEATTLE -- The Red Sox traded for Minor League catcher Guillermo Quiroz on Tuesday, sending cash considerations to the Mariners in return. Quiroz was with the Sox on Tuesday for the second contest of a three-game set at Safeco Field.

Quiroz, who spent the entire season with Triple-A Tacoma, hit .278 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs in 89 games. He spent last season in the Padres' organization after appearing in six games at the Major League level with the Mariners from 2009-10.

"It was just crazy man, I wasn't expecting a trade to happen, to be honest with you," said Quiroz, who found out during Tacoma's game in Fresno on Monday and was preparing to head home to his native Venezuela.

He becomes the third catcher on the Boston roster, along with Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, although both Lavarnway and Saltalamacchia have been used at designated hitter at times.

"To have three catchers on a roster is always a good thing, especially when we're trying to play two of them at a time," manager Bobby Valentine said. "[Quiroz will] be ready to go if in fact we need that third catcher."

The 30-year-old Quiroz has played in 101 games during parts of seven Major League seasons with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rangers and Orioles. He played a career-high 56 contests while with the Orioles in 2008, hitting .187 with a pair of home runs and 14 RBIs in 149 at-bats. In 255 career at-bats, Quiroz is hitting .208 with two home runs and 28 RBIs.

Quiroz hit .278 with 45 runs, 15 doubles and 15 home runs in 89 games for Tacoma this season and was named to the 2012 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team.

"I want to help this team win," he said. "I know it's been a rough year. I just come here to contribute. That's it.

"[I'm] a team player for sure. I want to help out the pitchers throw a lot of strikes, get outs and, of course, win ballgames."

Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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