2 Unsigned Players on Boston Red Sox's Radar
The Boston Red Sox roster is almost complete, but a couple more players need to be added to satisfy the needs of Ben Cherington and company.
The Red Sox's main concern is finding a first baseman/outfielder who can hit from the left side of the plate and platoon with righties Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli.
The trade market is something that would cost the farm system a couple prospects, and it looks as if the Red Sox still have some free agents on their radar.
Rich Hill may not be on the Boston Red Sox radar for a major league deal, but he could be an option for the minor leagues.
According to The Providence Journal, Hill is trying to wait it out until another team offers him a major-league contract.
The lefty specialist really dominated when he was on the field with the Red Sox. He compiled 36 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. He finished with a 1.14 ERA in parts of three seasons, but missed half of the 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery and in 2012 he missed about two months with an elbow strain.
The Red Sox want him on a minor-league contract to show he can stay on the field after being non-tendered almost two months ago. Hill will likely wait it out for another team to step in with all the lefties already in the bullpen.
Bobby Abreu is 38 years old and can not play everyday at the major league level anymore. However, the Red Sox did work him out back at the end of December, according to WEEI.com.
The left-handed batter would be a cheaper option to platoon with Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli in left and first base respectively. He would give the regulars some time off every now and again and would bring his solid OBP numbers to Fenway Park.
Abreu can still take a walk, but has really struggled in the power department in recent years.
The Red Sox need to discuss offering him a minor-league deal so he can prove himself at first, then bring up to the majors.