The Boston Red Sox signed OF Quintin Berry to a minor league deal on Saturday. Berry is going into his age 30 season and last saw major league action with Baltimore in 2014.
Berry was brought up as a September call-up in 2014 and only saw 2 at-bats in 10 games. He was mainly used a pinch runner, as that is his best asset on the baseball diamond. Berry also played a huge role in the 2013 Red Sox postseason, stealing one base per playoff series and accounting for a .5 WAR in just September. He returns to the Red Sox after spending most of 2014 in Baltimore AAA affiliate, Norfolk. He figures to spend the start of 2015 in Pawtucket.
Berry had his banner season in 2012 with the Tigers, hitting .258/.330/.354 and going 21/21 in stolen bases. In fact, Berry is 25/25 in his career with stolen bases, and 30/30 if you count the postseason. If used in the right spot Berry is worth it. He’s been worth 2.2 base running runs in his career.
Boston is making a smart move here because they have a smart baseball player who can steal bases when needed and fill in a bit and playing decent ball in September if they need it. If not, he will do solid work in AAA in all likelihood. Last year he hit .285/.382/.367. He’s not a great hitter at the major league level, and has no power, but it’s just a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.