- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- It's no secret Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein loves his prospects and draft picks.
He's been consistent during his tenure in not giving up top-rated prospects in exchange for short-term solutions at the trade deadline, and he was true to form again Saturday as he felt the marginal relievers on the market were not worth giving up the likes of outfielder Ryan Kalish or pitcher Felix Doubront.
So instead of literally giving up the farm, Epstein made a couple of roster moves on Saturday that could help the present and should definitely protect the future.
The Red Sox recalled Kalish from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment. Boston then traded right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez, who was 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 44 appearances this season, to the San Francisco Giants for pitching prospect Daniel Turpen. Epstein also picked up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers for a pair of low-level prospects.
In addition, the Sox recalled lefty reliever Dustin Richardson from Pawtucket and have said they have moved Doubront out of the PawSox's starting rotation to work as a reliever.
"I like our internal solutions," Epstein said. "Otherwise we wouldn't be creating spots for these guys. We wouldn't move Felix Doubront to the 'pen if we didn't think he could help. We wouldn't move [Michael] Bowden to the 'pen if we didn't think he could help. And we wouldn't have called up Richardson today if we didn't think he could help."
And Epstein wouldn't have called up Kalish if he didn't think he could help.
Kalish, who was hitting .294 with five homers, 18 RBIs, 22 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 37 games with the PawSox, was thrust into action, making his big-league debut in left field.
Kalish went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Epstein said the club was looking to make some changes in the outfield mix in anticipation of Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) returning to the lineup next week. Epstein felt the Sox needed to get more offense from the team's outfielders and he was looking to upgrade that position in the trade market.
When it was clear that wouldn't materialize, Epstein & Co. decided rather than packaging Kalish in a possible trade, a move the organization would likely regret in the future, they'd give him a chance with the big club.
"The way his development is going, he's ready for a trial at the major league level," Epstein said. "He brings a lot of energy, brings an advanced approach at the plate, and brings a solid all-around game, and those are things we could use right now."
The Red Sox are hoping a youth movement gives the parent club some much-needed life, as Ellsbury did when he was called up in 2007.
"We're trying to spark the team a little bit with a young guy who we feel is just about ready," Epstein said. "Rather than make a trade that we'll regret, we think Ryan is as good as some of the guys we could have acquired in the outfield market."
And, apparently, better than Hermida, at least for the time being.
When the Red Sox acquired the former first-round selection from the Florida Marlins last winter, Epstein thought Boston would reap the benefits of his untapped abilities. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Hermida suffered fractured ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre in early June and spent more than a month on the DL.
He hit only .203 with five homers and 27 RBIs, and did not impress in the field. The Red Sox now have 10 days to either trade or release him.
"He had a hard time getting back in a groove after coming off the DL," Epstein said. "There is some trade interest in him, and he's somebody who has a chance to be moved after the deadline. We'll see how that develops, but it's safe to say he'll either be traded or back with us in the minor leagues."
The Red Sox entered Saturday 7½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 6½ behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild-card race. In the past 24 hours, the Yankees have acquired reliever Kerry Wood, designated hitter Lance Berkman and outfielder Austin Kearns.
"We're going to need a big August to get where we want to go," Epstein said. "We still think we have the ability to make the postseason. We have to get really hot."
Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The Red Sox on Saturday traded reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Giants and designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment.