Red Sox Sign Ryan Shealy

The Red Sox signed Ryan Shealy to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The Rays granted Shealy his release yesterday after he exercised a June 15th opt-out clause in his contract.

Shealy, 30, last played in the majors in 2008, but was hitting well at Triple A this year. He had ten homers to go along with a .238/.354/.512 line. Rosenthal suggests (via Twitter) that Shealy, a right-handed hitting first baseman, could provide the Red Sox with depth in case they trade Mike Lowell. Shealy's career .271/.335/.429 line shows that he can hit major league pitching.

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  1. 04Forever 5 years ago

    epic win
    epic sarcasm

  2. philpbarnes 5 years ago

    Minor league depth. Fine with me.

  3. elclashcombo 5 years ago

    Wonder if this underscores a Lowell trade already on the table?

  4. bigpat 5 years ago

    That was quick.

  5. It’s for organizational depth. It’s good to have experienced players in the minor league system to mentor the young kids. Plus, if they get rid of Lowell, it gives them a back up plan if Youk or Beltre get injured. I hope we don’t have to see Shealy in a Sox uniform on the Major League level, but it’s a solid acquisition.

  6. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    Why not

  7. jwredsox 5 years ago

    watch out yankees and rays!!

  8. Is anyone really surprised by this? I saw it coming a mile away…. seems like a solid yet unspectacular acquisition.

  9. Good move for the Sox, little to no downside.

    • johnsilver 5 years ago

      Except it takes up yet another roster spot at AAA with a ex-MLB/AAAA discard to add with Hulet, Gil Velazqeuz, Gustavo Molino, Angel Sanchez just among position players. They already had Bates and Lars Anderson as 1B, so someone is going to lose AB’s now.

      Other than Anderson, Kalish, Manuel, (soon to be again Dustin Richardson), Bowden, Reddick, Wagner and Friday’s starter vs the LAD Felix Doubrant, nearly all the rest of this team should be in the Independent league..

      • Perhaps the Sox braintrust knows more about all those players you mentioned than you do, and that’s what lead them to sign Shealy? Just because a fan knows the names of their favorite teams minor leaguers doesn’t mean those minor leaguers are going to turn into stud MLB players. Remember, Shealy is a pretty good hitter in his own right. My guess is that Shealy has and will contribute more in the majors than most of those you mentioned and I only recognize a few of them.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        Plus I’m sure the Red Sox signed this guy knowing where they were going to play him and who they were going to sit. No question in my mind it was an impulse buy to get Ray freakin Shealy

  10. Otis26 5 years ago

    As long as you don’t count on him to do anything it’s a great move.

  11. JDortmunder 5 years ago


  12. JDortmunder 5 years ago

    There may be some bad-contracts available soon. And I’m not just thinking Fukudome.

  13. CaptainCharisma 5 years ago

    Wasn’t Shealy a decent prospect at one time, with the reasoning for him being stuck in AAA due to being behind Todd Helton?He hasn’t had much of a chance, and he certainly won’t unless Ortiz, Lowell, or Youkilis go down, but stop crapping on the signing, guys. He’s a serviceable replacement if someone or something goes down.

  14. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    Good move, given that Lars Anderson has totally soiled the sheets.

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