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Brennan Boesch signs minor league contract with Red Sox


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.

Phillies avoid arbitration with Freddy Galvis at $2 million

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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.

Dodgers sign outfielder Jordan Schafer to minor league contract

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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.