Red Sox management appears to be grasping at straws at the moment. On the same day the team suffers a sweep at the hand of the Minnesota Twins the team has announced they have acquired 28-year-old Carlos Peguero from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.
The move serves as a quick summary of the type of season the Red Sox have had thus far. During Spring Training, Boston had a surplus of major league talent in the outfield and nowhere to play them. However, almost 2 months into the 2015 season and the team does not have a competent squad they can roll out there game in and game out.
Shane Victorino has been marred by injuries and the team’s replacement options have not exactly been exceptional stand-ins either. The Allen Craig experiment appears to have gone up in flames after he successfully cleared waivers and got demoted to Triple-A earlier this month. Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s progress appears to have stalled and is currently in Triple-A Pawtucket.
In addition, the promotion of Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo appears to have sputtered as well. While the call-up was intended to jump-start an ailing offense, Castillo has only played four games and has yet to get an RBI. Instead the highly touted 27-year-old has found it difficult to stay on the field and did not even take part in the club’s series finale against the Twins after a jammed shoulder resulting from a diving catch on Wednesday. Castillo has missed a number of games in the minors this season due to an assortment of injuries. His durability, at least early on, might be coming in question.
With Victorino out and the switch-hitting Daniel Nava failing to find any success at the plate the struggling Red Sox turn their eyes to Peguero, a left-handed power bat. Peguero has already seen the majors this year with the Rangers, but was designated for assignment May 20th. He was batting .186/.310/.414 with four HRs and nine RBIs in 30 games.
Peguero will join the club on Thursday as the Red Sox kick off a 4-game set against none other than the Texas Rangers. It is unclear exactly what role the new outfielder will have with his new ballclub. The decision probably hinges on Castillo’s status following his latest injury. To make room for Peguero, reliever Anthony Varvaro has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. It remains to be seen what adjustments will be made to the 25-man roster.