CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Brennan Boesch. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, but the 30-year-old is doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster.
Boesch posted a brutal .146/.191/.202 batting line in 94 plate appearances last season for the Reds and he hit .187/.203/.293 with the Angels in 2014.
He did show some promise with the Tigers in 2010-2011, managing a .766 OPS with 30 home runs and 121 RBI in 248 games, but that is ancient history by now.
Boesch will operate as organizational outfield depth for Boston.
Freddy Galvis and the Phillies have avoided salary arbitration with a one-year, $2 million contract for 2016, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Galvis served as Philadelphia’s primary shortstop in 2015, batting .263/.302/.343 with seven home runs, 50 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 151 games. He’ll continue to act as a placeholder at shortstop for the Phillies until stud prospect J.P. Crawford is ready to take over.
This was Galvis’ first year of arbitration eligibility.
He is under club control through 2018.
As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers have signed outfielder Jordan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The deal will play Schafer a $1 million salary while he is in the major leagues, if he ever does reach the major league level with Los Angeles.
Schafer batted just .217/.250/.261 across 74 plate appearances last season with the Twins before suffering an MCL sprain in his right knee.
For his career, the 29-year-old is a .228/.308/.307 major league hitter.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick heard from a source in November that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand” Marcell Ozuna and would attempt to trade the outfielder this offseason.
Teams like the Rangers and Mariners came calling, but new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and new Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds recently rallied on Ozuna’s behalf and it sounds like the 25-year-old is no longer being shopped.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro notes that Miami’s recent signing of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen — to a five-year, $80 million free agent deal — has satisfied the club’s need for a starting pitcher. And a major league-ready starter was the asking price for Ozuna.
Ozuna batted just .259/.308/.383 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 123 games last season for the Marlins, but he had a .772 OPS, 23 homers, and 85 RBI in 2014. And he is under contractual control through 2020. Maybe the new coaching staff in Miami can get him back on track, both at the plate and with ownership.
Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Olson were both pushed off the Dodgers’ 40-man roster last week — Torreyes got the boot to clear a spot for Kenta Maeda, and Olson got dumped for Brandon Beachy.
Now those two are headed to New York.
Per the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Yankees have traded corner infielder Rob Segedin and a player to be named later to LA in exchange for Torreyes and Olson.
Segedin, 27, hit .287/.360/.426 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 71 games last season between the Yankees’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates while appearing defensively at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
Torreyes, 23, hit .261/.308/.347 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015.
Olson, 26, had a 5.40 ERA in 13 1/3 innings of relief with the Mariners.