BOSTON, MA-The Boston Red Sox today signed free agent infielder Ryan Roberts, who will be active for tonight’s game against the Rangers at Fenway Park, wearing No. 7. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, infielder Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for Roberts on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Steven Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Roberts, 33, is a veteran of parts of the last eight major league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-07), Texas Rangers (2008), Arizona Diamondbacks (2009-12), and Tampa Bay Rays (2012-13). He played 18 games with the Chicago Cubs this spring.
The right-handed batter has hit .266 against left-handed pitching in the major leagues, with a .341 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage against southpaws. Originally signed by the Blue Jays as an 18th-round selection in the 2003 June Draft, he has hit .245 (36...