Red Sox Add Reliever Jess Todd on MiLB Deal

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Pitching depth is always a priority for every big league team– especially in the bullpen. Teams go over the top to make sure they have enough relievers, and especially value those with big league experience. Relievers are cheap, disposable and abundant which is why so many are brought into Spring Training.
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jess toddAdding to their pool of relievers recently were the Boston Red Sox, signing Jess Todd to a Minor League deal which includes an invitation to Spring Training (as almost all do).

Just 28 years old, the righty pitched effectively in AAA last year for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. As a member of the Reno Aces, Todd showed off his ability to give his team multiple innings out of relief, lasting 72.1 frames in 53 outings. Posting a 3.61 ERA with 66 strikeouts, he was equally effective against righties as he was lefties as righties hit .253 off of him while lefties hit a point lower at .252.
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The year before that, Todd had himself quite the year in the Detroit Tigers farm system, posting a 2.15 ERA in 39 outings, lasting 62.2 innings in all. He managed to strike out 65 men in total.

Best known for being traded with Chris Perez to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Mark DeRosa back in 2009, Todd will come to the Red Sox with a little bit of big league experience.

While Todd has struggled a bit in the Majors posting a 7.62 ERA in 25 games, all but one of which came with the Cleveland Indians, he has not pitched in the big leagues since 2010 and has only gotten better since then.
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As of right now, it appears as though he will start off this year in Rhode Island, adding depth to the Paw Sox bullpen. If it comes down to it, perhaps he is viewed as a viable big league option– if he pitches well enough.

Middlebrooks Gone, Red Sox Get Ryan Hanigan

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In need of a backup catcher, the Boston Red Sox were able to kill two birds with one stone.
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First of all, Will Middlebrooks posed a bit of a problem for the club. He hit .254 in his first 169 big league games and smacked 32 home runs, making it clear that he was going to be one of the best power hitting third baseman in the game.

In 63 games in 2014, Middlebrooks hit just two home runs in 63 games with a dismal .256 OBP, putting his future with the Red Sox organization in peril.

Also, the Red Sox needed a backup catcher and were able to get one by trading Will Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres. In return, the Boston Red Sox will obtain catcher Ryan Hanigan who the Padres will get in the Wil Myers deal when it is all said and done.ryan hanigan

Hanigan, who never has and most likely never will play in a big league game for the San Diego Padres, spent 2014 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays and hit .218 with a .318 OBP in 84 games and clipped five home runs. It was a down year for Hanigan and the Red Sox will bank on him being better than he was this past season.
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Plate discipline has always been a big part of Hanigan’s game. He has walked 220 times and struck out on just 198 in his career, showing his knowledge of the strike zone. As a result, Hanigan puts a lot of balls in play and is good for a few sacrifice hits a season.

Defensively, Hanigan has thrown out 38% of attempted base stealers in his career and lead the league gunning down 48% in 2012 and 45% in 2013.
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Typically, Hanigan serves his team as a platoon catcher, playing more than a backup but less than a starter. Expect Red Sox rookie catcher Christian Vazquez to catch at around 60%-67% of the time next season while Hanigan will see around 33%-40% of the reps if all goes well.

Now that the Red Sox have Hanigan who is signed for the next two years, trading Blake Swihart is a definite possibility. Although many people may not want to trade him, the return would be rather large and could set the Red Sox up for a championship next season.
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The 34-year-old Hanigan is a graduate of Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts. Welcome back Ryan Hanigan, welcome back.

Jonathan Herrera outrighted, Carlos Rivero claimed

herreraRecently, in order to clear some spots off of the 40-man roster, the Boston Red Sox made some low-key roster moves ridding themselves of a pair of utility infielders.

The bigger move included out righting utility man Jonathan Herrera off of the 40-man roster. He refused Minor League assignment and became a free agent in hopes of cracking a big league roster next season.
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Acquired in exchange for Franklin Morales and Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies, the Boston Red Sox hoped that Herrera would be an effective utility infielder for the team, and he was just that — for a while.

Herrera, who recently turned 30 years old, cracked the Boston Red Sox Opening Day roster this past season but was designated for assignment about halfway through the year in favor of utility man Brock Holt. In addition to playing all around the horn, he hit .233 with a .307 OBP in 42 games and went nine for 36 versus left-handed pitching.
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The other move sent Carlos Rivero to the Seattle Mariners. He was claimed off waivers, a move in which the Red Sox did not yield any return.

Rivero, 26, is what some may consider to be a journeyman as he just made his big league debut this past season playing in four games for the Boston Red Sox after splitting time in AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket earlier in the year.
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In a small sample size Rivero played well collecting four hits in seven big league at-bats while crushing a home run and drawing a walk. It may not have been much, but it was sufficient to spark the Mariners’ interest enough to acquire him.

After both of these moves were finalized the 40-man roster stands at 36 men. Simple math indicates that the team has four spots available on the 40-man roster—spots that will likely now be used to protect some younger guys from being selected in the Rule V draft.