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Red Sox Get Pitcher Mortensen for Shortstop Scutaro, Sign Bard

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The Boston Red Sox acquired right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for shortstop Marco Scutaro, and signed Daniel Bard to a one-year contract, General Manager Ben Cherington said.

With Bard’s signing, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and David Ortiz are Boston’s only remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

Mortensen, 26, had a 3.86 earned run average and was 2-4 over 16 appearances during two stints with the Rockies last year. During his career, he is 4-8 with a 5.12 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 24 games with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Rockies.

Scutaro, 36, hit .299 with seven home runs, 54 runs batted in and 38 walks for the Red Sox last season. The right-handed batter has a career .270 average with 68 home runs and 404 RBIs in 1,103 Major League Baseball games with the New York Mets, Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Red Sox.

Right-handed pitcher Bard, 26, agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the next season and avoided salary arbitration.

The team didn’t disclose terms of the contract.

Bard set a Red Sox record and tied for the American League lead with 34 holds last season, while posting a 3.33 ERA and a 2-9 record. He tied for fifth in the American League with 55 scoreless outings and set an all-time club record with a 25-game consecutive scoreless streak from May 27-July 31.

Bard is 5-13 with a 2.88 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 192 career Major League outings with the Red Sox, all in relief, from 2009-11.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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