“He’s one of the classiest guys we’ve ever had — and we’ve had a lot of them,” manager Terry Francona said after a 2-1 loss to Kansas City. “But, it will be a good situation for Murph.”
“I don’t think we anticipated being in this spot,” Antonetti said, “where we would be trading a veteran like Murphy, who is not only a contributing player on the field, but a great guy on the clubhouse and has been a big part of our team the last few years. This is the situation we’re in now and there was an opportunity for us to get back a player we liked and also, as important, may provide an opportunity for a younger player to come up and get some at-bats.”
“He’s one of my best friends, so I’m going to miss him,” outfielder Brandon Moss said. “To go from a team that’s struggling and trying to find its way right now, to a team that’s playing good baseball and doing some good things, I’m sure he’s excited for the opportunity. … Personally, you hate losing your best friend, especially a guy that’s been playing so well this year for our team.”

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By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com | @MLBastian | July 28th, 2015