Boston has signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres to a minor-league contract, the team announced.
Torres played for the Giants last year, hitting .250 with two homers and a .644 OPS in 103 games. He was once a solid defensive center fielder with a decent bat–including an excellent all-around season for San Francisco in 2010–but now at age 36 he’s likely little more than organizational depth to stash at Triple-A.
Shane Victorino is injured and the Red Sox’s outfield is sort of in flux generally, so the move makes some sense.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.