BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox aren't quite sure what to expect from Andres Torres, whom they signed to a minor league deal Wednesday, or, for that matter, when.
But they like the idea of adding a veteran outfielder at a time when their current outfield is performing at historically low levels.
"He gives us the potential for some outfield depth,'' said John Farrell. "Recognizing there's an injury (Achilles heel) he's coming back from. Everything about his workouts right now suggests this is a worthy situation to take a look at.
"That's why we're in -- to try to create as many options as possible for this team.''
Farrell said the team has been looking at "all options to compliment our . . . left-handed hitting outfielders, and the strength of Daniel [Nava, a switch-hitter] being on the left side. This is one guy who has that track record, fits that criteria.''
Whereas the Sox had a pretty good understanding that Stephen Drew could be ready to contribute at the major league level in a span of about 10 days, the timetable for Torres is less clear.
"There's no prescribed date that's a make-or-break,'' said Farrell. "To even begin to suggest how many at-bats and how many games played [he'll need] is all to be determined.''
Torres will report to Rookie League Lowell Friday and begin his progression.