Report: Red Sox interested in ex-Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe

Report: Red Sox interested in ex-Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe

The Red Sox -- now in fill-out-the-roster mode -- are interested in ex-Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe, according to the Boston Herald.

Plouffe, 30, was released by Minnesota at the end of last season and is a free agent. He's been the Twins' primary third baseman since 2013, though injuries limited him to 84 games in 2016. He's a lifetime .247/.308/.420 hitter, with a career OPS-plus of 99.

Plouffe has also played first base as well as third, along with short stints at second base, shorstop, and the two corner outfield spots. According to the Herald, he "is said to be open to the idea of a utility or even super-utility role".

The Herald reported Red Sox may be considering the right-handed-hitting Plouffe as "a complement to both first baseman Mitch Moreland, a lefty, and switch-hitting third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is stronger from the left side of the plate".

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.