The Boston Red Sox had been tied to free agent Bobby Abreu
as a potential backup option at first base and in the outfield, but the team is
now unlikely to pursue the veteran for such a role, according to Nick Cafardo
of The Boston Globe.
Abreu wants to stay in baseball, and the Red Sox were among
the teams that tried him out. But I was told the Red Sox are unlikely to pursue
him as that backup first baseman/outfielder they’re looking for.
The Red Sox would like to add a player they can use to spell
Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli in the outfield and at first base. Both players
offer superior numbers against left-handed pitching, and Boston was thought to
be in the market for a reserve that could help against right-handers.
Abreu does own a career OPS of .920 against right-handed pitching,
but he’s been in decline over the past several seasons. The 38-year-old also
doesn’t have experience at first base, and the Red Sox are thought to be
looking for someone who can also offer solid defense at the position.
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