Originally written on Sports Rumor Alert  |  Last updated 1/12/15
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The Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Ryan Roberts to a split contract, according to WBZ in Boston. The defending champs acted quickly, signing "Tat-man" just one day after placing third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list with a calf strain.Roberts has spent most of his career at third base (217 games), but played 48 games at second for Tampa Bay last season. He has also played some outfield in his career, which mostly came during his four years in Arizona.The Red Sox found themselves in need of a third baseman after placing Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right calf strain.Roberts was released by the Chicago Cubs after hitting .237 in 18 games in Spring Training. He spent the last two seasons with Tampa Bay, playing in exactly 60 games in both seasons at the Trop. The 33-year old will join his fifth Major League club since debuting with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006.In eight seasons, Roberts has hit .245 with 46 home runs and 35 stolen ...
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