Friday March 19, 2010 | 06:35 AM

So pitcher Miguel Celestino gets thrown into the deal as the Player To Be Named Later in the Casey Kotchman for Bill Hall trade.

Is this a big deal? Well, probably not. Celestino, 20, has pitched three abbreviated pro seasons, two in the Dominican Summer League and last year in the Arizona League for rookies. He went 5-3 in 13 games with a 4.72 ERA. In 67 innings, he struck out 48 and walked 23.

The numbers don't scream out that this is a prospect. But Celestino could grow into one. He's listed at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds. In the Arizona League, he put in some fine performances, including three shutout outings.

When a team gives or receives a Player To Be Named Later, it is rarely a name prospect. But, you never know.

The Red Sox major league teams plays in Bradenton, Fla today to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Former Sea Dogs outfielder remains on the Pirates but is having a difficult spring so far (0 for 22).

Moss, 26, played his first full major league season last year. He batted .236 with 7 home runs and 41 RBI. Sea Dogs fans can remember times when Moss struggled, only to come back with a flurry. He played two seasons in Portland, capped by his MVP performance in the 2006 playoffs when Portland won the Eastern League title. In the photo, Moss holds up his MVP award while speaking to the fans at Hadlock after the title-clinching game (notice the other Sea Dogs outfielder on the far right?).


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