The Red Sox have signed former Phillies 1B Tommy Joseph to a minors pact, MLBTR has learned. Joseph, 28, was released by the LG Twins of the KBO in mid-July.
A former second-round pick of the Giants in 2009 who was shipped to Philly in the 2012 Hunter Pence trade, Joseph made 880 plate appearances for the Fightins in 2016-17, slashing .247/.297/.460 (96 wRC+) with 43 homers. His lack of plate discipline and defensive ability held him thereafter in the minors, though, and Joseph opted for a Korea stint after a solid Triple-A season in the Rangers organization last season. For LG, Joseph posted a .274/.332/.426 line in 217 plate appearances before his July release.
Joseph’ll head to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he’ll likely spend the rest of the minor league season. A September platoon with Mitch Moreland could be in the cards, especially if current partner Sam Travis continues to perform at his languid pace.
Lots of Power, decent contact, no defensive skill whatsoever
Yeah another non pitching move by the sox
Haven’t heard that name in a long time.
love to see him get another chance
Their next response to Sale getting whacked by the Yanks this afternoon will be to sign Chris Carter……maybe Pedro Alvarez for a platoon…..
That said, Joseph deserves another shot…..
Welcome back to the mainland.
The reason why Tommy Joseph was released was he had an abnormally low amount to doubles (7 less than his normal pace would’ve resulted in). He should be a good minor league guy/bench bat.
Don’t mind this move. Solid depth addition with zero risk. It’s not a reliever, but at least it’s something. I’d like them to take a flyer on Brach if he gets that far on waivers. I don’t think he makes enough to put them into the next tax bracket.
Another Dombrowski skidmark.
Tommy Boy is back!
Sam Travis ALWAYS performs at a languid pace.
Sam Travis is still a work in progress. At times he seems ready to bust out but doesn’t quite get to the next level.
He turns 26 later this month. His career minor league OPS is ..771. His career ML OPS is .660. He isn’t that good defensively. No power to speak of. He is the definition of “meh”
Boom! There you have it. The move to save NEXT season!
BTW, never mind Sam Travis Languid state of play, what about the Red Sox pitching staff’s languid state of play,
Would be kind of silly to talk about the pitching staff in a story about the Red Sox signing a first baseman to a minor league deal.