Red Sox trade Rich Hill, release Chris Capuano

Jared Wickerham

The Red Sox made three small roster moves Tuesday afternoon.

July is the month for transactions, and the Red Sox have started it off with a flurry of small moves, shipping Rich Hill off to the Los Angeles Angels for cash, releasing Chris Capuano after he cleared waivers, and getting Michael Almanzar back from the Baltimore Orioles.

Hill has been with Boston on-and-off since 2010, making sporadic appearances in the majors. Generally speaking, he's looked nearly unhittable when with the team, logging 32 innings of 1.14 ERA baseball over the years. However, injury more than anything else kept him from ever truly establishing himself as a core piece of the bullpen, leaving him stuck in Pawtucket for the entire season so far. Hopefully, given a chance to play in the majors in Los Angeles, he'll be able to revive his career once more.

Chris Capuano has not been nearly so successful with the Red Sox. Signed as something of a long reliever following the unexpected departure of Ryan Dempster, Capuano started the season strong, but was unable to maintain momentum, struggling with control through May before falling completely apart in June, allowing 10 earned runs in four innings. Capuano was designated for assignment last week to make room for the returning Clay Buchholz, and now that he's cleared waivers, has been let go entirely.

Finally, infielder Michael Almanzar is back with the Red Sox after being picked up by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. He spent most of the year hidden away on the disabled list, appearing in only nine games in Baltimore's farm system. With Pawtucket full-to-bursting at the corner infield positions with rehabbing players and Garin Cecchini, chances are the Red Sox will send him back to Portland.

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