The Red Sox announced a list of non-roster invitees on Wednesday, including well-traveled outfielder Brennan Boesch. Jon Heyman reports that Boesch’s base salary in the Majors would be $1MM, were he to make the club (Twitter link). Boesch is repped by CAA Sports.
Boesch, 31 in April, was the Tigers primary left fielder from 2010-12 but has bounced from the Yankees to the Angels to the Reds in the years to follow. In 94 plate appearances with Cincinnati this past season, the left-handed hitter batted just .146/.191/.202 — a far cry from his peak levels back in 2011, when he slashed .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers in 472 plate appearances. He’ll serve as outfield depth in Boston, where the team projects to have Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo as starters, with Chris Young and Brock Holt in reserve. Given that grouping, Boesch seems likely ticketed for Triple-A, where he’s a career .328/.358/.561 hitter in parts of four seasons.
Boston also announced a number of minor league signings that had already been announced, including those of infielder Chris Dominguez, outfielder Ryan LaMarre, right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, right-hander Roman Mendez and right-hander Anthony Varvaro.
Boesch was drafted, and played in the Majors, for current Sox president Dave Dombrowski
Every team that he has played for, shows that he just can hit anymore after leaving Detroit.
He can join Allen Craig in “Boston’s AAA outfielders who used to be good MLB players but somehow forgot how to hit MLB pitching by their early 30’s” club.
I can’t believe they left Jorge Marban off the invited to camp list. The guy they found in the Aussie league last winter who throws 95+ with a filthy splitter.
Nearly the the non roster pitchers are nothing but recycled retreads with -0- chance of helping anything, other than Roman Mendez. Marban has dominated since he joined the Sox at both high A and AA ball. Just 27, Let the kid show what he can do.
Some of those retreads, like Sullivan’s track record is that of a trashy starter who can’t get anyone out. Marban could actually be a mid-late inning reliever some day, just like Pat Light.
Boesch is a good clubhouse guy who works hard and has the potential to be a star. Dead pull left handed hitter too. This is a low risk move by the Sox with potentially high rewards. Good luck BB!
He’s a good guy who won’t crack the major-league roster this year, even Alan Craig is further up the food chain that he will be, he does have a sweet swing for Fenway though