The Boston Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres to a minor-league contract Wednesday.
Torres has yet to appear in a game in 2014. With Boston’s known lack of outfield production, Torres could be introduced into the mix, given his prior experience manning the middle.
The 36-year-old spent the most productive years of his Major League career with the San Francisco Giants. Torres clubbed 16 dingers and swiped 26 bags in 2010. He also was highly productive throughout the team’s postseason run.
Since his time with the Giants, Torres has seen a drop in production, and in large part due to an increase in age.
Many consider Torres to be an average defensive player who struggles against right-handed pitching. He’s statistically hit lefties significantly better over the course of his career since debuting with Detroit in 2002.
Torres is far from the solution in center, though he could provide speed off the bench in late-inning situations. His presence will also add veteran leadership in the lockeroom, assuming he’s called up to the bigs.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.