Rafael Furcal traded to Cardinals

The Dodgers acquired three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Dodgers obtained catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez. The Dodgers also announced that they have acquired outfielder Alex Castellanos from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash considerations.

Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti said, "Raffy was a pivotal part of our success in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He's respected by his teammates and people around the game because of how hard he played day in and day out and his passion for being a Dodger. We are very grateful for his contributions to the organization."  

Castellanos has spent the entire 2011 campaign at Double-A Springfield in the Texas League where he ranked in the Top-10 in batting average (.319, 8th), home runs (19, 5th), runs (72, 4th), hits (113, 5th), triples (4, T-10th), RBI (62, T-8th), total bases (199, 5th), slugging percentage (.562, 6th) and OPS (.941, 9th). The Miami, FL native started in right field for the North All-Stars in the Texas League All-Star Game after hitting .308 with 14 homers and 41 RBI during the first half.  

"In Castellanos, we're getting a player who has shown a combination of power and speed," said Colletti. "We hope that he can refine those abilities to a big league standard."   

The strong-armed outfielder has showed no signs of slowing down in his first season at the Double-A level, batting .419 (18-for-43) with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored over his last 10 games. The 24-year old twice won Texas League Player of the Week during the first half, taking home the honors on April 25 and May 23. The 5-11, 180-pound right-handed batter has stolen at least 20 bases in each of his first three minor league seasons (2008-10) and has swiped 10 this year.       

Castellanos was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the lone player in the history of Belmont-Abbey College (North Carolina) to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.   

After moving up for two years in the Cardinals' farm system, he starred in 2010 at Single-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League, setting the franchise record for doubles in a season with 35. In addition, Castellanos was named the Cardinals' Organizational Player of the Month in July 2010 and finished the season leading the Florida State League in doubles and extra-base hits (55) while ranking third in slugging percentage (.462).      

Furcal was Colletti's first free-agent signing in December of 2005 and went on to hit .300 with 15 homers, 63 RBI, 37 steals and a .363 on-base percentage as the offensive catalyst for the 2006 National League Wild Card winners.

Despite missing significant injury time from 2007-11, the big-armed shortstop wraps up his Dodger career with the second-most leadoff home runs in team history (14) and the third-most games played at short (608). His 43 home runs as a shortstop for the Dodgers rank third in franchise history behind Pee Wee Reese (122) and Glenn Wright (44).   

Overall, the native of the Dominican Republic hit .283 with 44 homers, 228 RBI, 122 doubles, 407 run scored and a .351 on-base percentage in 617 career games as a Dodger. The club was 329-288 (.533) when he played over the last six seasons.   

Furcal helped lead the Dodgers to the postseason three times, hitting .333 (4-for-12) in the 2008 LDS win vs. Chicago and .500 (6-for-12) in the 2009 Division Series win over St. Louis.   

Furcal made the 2010 All-Star team, won the Inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006, established a franchise record with 17 extra-base hits in March/April 2008 and in 2007 became just the fifth Major Leaguer to collect three consecutive four-hit games. The 33-year signed a three-year contract with the club heading into 2009 after his initial three-year deal expired in 2008.         Red Sox trade
Federowicz was hitting .277 with eight homers, 20 doubles and 52 RBI in 90 games for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League. The Pennsylvania native has started 64 games behind the dish (25 as the designated hitter), primarily batting fourth or fifth for Portland.       

"It's tough to find catchers and we have a good feel for Federowicz," said Colletti. "He's a good leader, strong behind the plate and a good defensive player. He's somebody who has gotten better and better offensively."   

Federowicz earned his first invite to Major League camp prior to this season after ranking third in the Carolina League last year with 34 doubles and throwing out 33.3% of all baserunners attempting to steal. At the conclusion of 2010, Baseball America rated him the best defensive catcher in the Red Sox organization for the second consecutive season.   

The 24-year old backstop attended the University of North Carolina where he hit .303 as a junior in 2008. The 5-11, 200-pound catcher was then selected by Boston in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft in the seventh round. He will start his Dodger career at Triple-A Albuquerque.   

Fife led the Double-A Eastern League with a career-high 11 wins and posted a 3.66 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with Portland this season, his second with the Sea Dogs. Fife was selected as midseason Eastern League All-Star this season, tying for the circuit's wins lead with 10 at the break, and also as the league's Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 13. The 6-foot 3-inch, 210-pounder also earned a midseason Eastern League All-Star selection in 2010, when he led Portland in wins (8), starts (26) and innings (136.1).   

"Fife has a good feel for pitching and great makeup as a potential starter," said Colletti.   

The 24-year-old will begin his Dodger career with Double-A Chattanooga and is in his fourth professional season after being originally selected by Boston in the third round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Utah.   

Rodriguez is 22 years old and was 2-4 with a 5.19 ERA in 32 games for the Single-A Greenville Drive of the Carolina League. The hard-throwing reliever had 88 strikeouts in just 59.0 innings and was limiting left-handers to a .177 batting average.  "Rodriguez has power stuff and is still very young," said Colletti. "He has potential to develop into a solid late-inning reliever."    

The native of the Dominican Republic singed with Boston as an international free agent on Feb. 27, 2008 and dominated the Dominican Summer League in 2008 and 2009, striking out 103 batters in 93.1 innings and compiling and ERA of 2.03 (21 ER/93.1 IP). Following the 2009 campaign, Rodriguez was named the Red Sox Latin Program Pitcher of the Year.   

In 2010, Rodriguez pitched for the Gulf Coast Red Sox, going 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA (19 ER/48.2 IP) in 12 games (nine starts) and leading the club in strikeouts (51). Rodriguez will pitch for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons this season.    

Robinson, 23, was a Triple-A All-Star with Albuquerque this season and entered play today tied for third in the Pacific Coast League with a career-high 26 home runs in 100 games with the Isotopes. The switch-hitting outfielder was batting .293 with a team-high 71 RBI.     

The Los Angeles native hit .283 with 64 home runs and 303 RBI in 668 games over seven minor league seasons in the Dodger organization after he was selected in the 10th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Crenshaw High School.  

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