Red Sox to sign Ronald Belisario

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The Red Sox are expected to sign reliever Ronald Belisario, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. It’s not known yet whether the deal will be a major league or a minor league deal, but the latter is more likely.

Belisario was designated for assignment by the Rays at the end of June and elected free agency last Sunday. In eight innings this year for the Rays, the 32-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks with six strikeouts. He spent most of his season at Triple-A Durham, where his numbers were much better.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.