The Boston Red Sox are having “internal talks” in regards to signing free agent Brennan Boesch, according to the Boston Globe.
The Detroit Tigers released Boesch, a 27-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder, on Wednesday in a somewhat surprising move. Several teams are rumored to have already contacted his agent, Scott Boras, about Boesch’s availability.
The Red Sox have a logjam of players vying for a backup outfielder job, but other than rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., none have been all that impressive in camp. According to manager John Farrell, Bradley Jr. will likely start the season in the minors, so the job is still up for grabs. As of now, the leading candidates are Mike Carp, Daniel Nava, and Ryan Sweeney.
In three big league seasons, all with Detroit, Boesch has totaled 42 home runs and 175 RBI—solid production coming off the bench. He fell out of favor in Detroit, though, evidenced by his omission from the team’s postseason roster last October. He’s struggled at the plate this spring, batting just .188 (3-16).
The New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Houston Astros are all expected to make a strong push for Boesch’s services, so the Red Sox will have their work cut out for them if they hope to sign the free agent. With their recent injuries, the Yankees are probably the best fit, but if the Red Sox get involved, their lack of outfield depth may play a role in Boesch’s final decision.
(JM Catellier is the author of the book Fixing Baseball, a guide to restructuring the Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter: @FixingBaseball and Facebook, and check out his site: www.fixingbaseball.com)