Indians acquire Brent Lillibridge from Red Sox


Brent Lillibridge is on the move again.

Traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal and then almost immediately designated for assignment by Boston, Lillibridge has now been dealt to the Indians for minor leaguer Jose De La Torre.

He’s expected to join the Indians’ active roster and will serve in his usual utility man role. De La Torre is a 26-year-old Double-A middle reliever, so this is pretty close to a giveaway deal.

Lillibridge had an out of nowhere power surge for the White Sox last season, but he’s a 28-year-old career .212 hitter with a .630 OPS in 295 games overall.

Giants sign Pablo Sandoval to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have signed infielder Pablo Sandoval to a minor league contract. If he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $2 million salary with an additional $750,000 available via incentives.

Sandoval, 33, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow back in September and was initially expected to miss the start of the 2020 regular season. However, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes that Sandoval is believed to be “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery.

Last season, Sandoval hit .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI over 296 plate appearances with the Giants. He faced mostly right-handed pitching, which would figure to be the case for him once again coming off the bench.