Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Sands, who was sent with Rubby De La Rosa to the Red Sox by the Dodgers on Oct. 4 to complete the Aug. 25 trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, appears to be on the move again, to Pittsburgh.
The Pirates and Red Sox have agreed to a six-player trade, per multiple reports, with a significant Dodgers feel. Pittsburgh will send closer Joel Hanrahan and one other player to Boston, in exchange for outfielder / first baseman Jerry Sands, pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, and two more players.
The Dodgers had been rumored during the offseason to be interested in Hanrahan, with Chris Capuano reportedly going the other way. But Pittsburgh appears to have filled its starting rotation hole with the two-year contract given to Francisco Liriano earlier this week.
Sands was drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round in 2008, and won the Branch Rickey Award as the organization's minor league player of the year in 2010. Sands hit .296/.375/.524 with 26 home runs and a career-high 107 RBI in 119 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2012, but was just 4-for-23 in nine games in his two stints with the Dodgers.
Sands was a player to be named later in the Aug. 25 trade with Boston that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Sands played in nine games with the Isotopes after the trade, finishing out the season with Albuquerque, then was officially sent to the Red Sox on Oct. 4.
Though Sands never played for Boston, I wonder if he was sent any Red Sox gear by the team so he can have something to remember his second major league organization. Maybe the Red Sox sent their minor leaguers iPod shuffles like the Dodgers did.