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Red Sox make three minor trades

The Red Sox went on a trading spree Wednesday, but it yielded a relatively small return.

The team sent away three players who were not on the 40-man roster in deals that brought back either players to be named later or cash considerations.

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Third baseman Danny Valencia went to Baltimore for cash; pitcher Sandy Rosario was traded to Oakland for a player to be named later or cash; and pitcher Zach Stewart was sent to Pittsburgh for a player to be named later.

The Stewart deal essentially ends the Red Sox’ connection to the Kevin Youkilis trade last June.

Stewart was 0-2 in two starts for Boston, allowing 14 runs on 17 hits over 5 innings. He was designated for assignment Nov. 20. The Pirates will be Stewart’s fifth organization in the last four years.

The Red Sox received Stewart and infielder Brent Lillibridge from the White Sox in return for Youkilis on June 24. Lillibridge was 2 for 16 in 10 games before being designated for assignment and traded to Cleveland.

Valencia, who also had been designated for assignment earlier this month, played in 10 games for Boston last season, going 4 for 28 with one home run.

Rosario did not appear in any games for the Red Sox.

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