Admitting that Byung-Hyun Kim’s two-year, $10 million contract was “a mistake,” Red Sox GM Theo Epstein traded the troubled reliever to the Rockies on Wednesday for LHP Chris Narveson and C Charles Johnson. Epstein then released Johnson and sent Narveson to AAA Pawtucket. “We certainly made a mistake and I take responsibility for that,” Epstein told reporters. “It’s just a mystery what happened to [Kim].”
Kim, who has pitched for two of the last four World Champions but was famous for his problems in the postseason, has had a rough spring, including a bout of the flu. His velocity has been missing when he has pitched, but Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has high hopes. “He is what he is right now. You’re never going to get a B.H. Kim when he’s good,” Hurdle said. On second thought, scratch that part about high hopes.