2009 Offseason: Sox add Green to infield depth

In another minor move, the Red Sox signed 30-year old utility infielder Nick Green yesterday. Green has bounced around with the Braves, Devil Rays, Yankees and Mariners and is a career .240/.309/.347 hitter in 275 big league games. His left-right split of .284/.351/.387 against LHP means he’s clearly Jed Lowrie’s backup, not his platoon mate.

This has been a disappointing offseason so far for the Sox. While the Yankees have reloaded, and the Rays added a key piece in landing Pat Burrell yesterday, they have been sitting on their hands and still have no clear plan for catcher other than a Josh Bard-George Kottaras platoon. The ProJo ran an article about how overpriced Jason Varitek is, and that is true. However, none of those other players he mentions have caught four no-hitters with four different Red Sox pitchers. You can’t just go off of hitting stats for catchers, my friend.

For what it’s worth, free agent catcher Gregg Zaun has stated an interest in playing for Boston. He’s a pretty decent hitter, and has played in our division for a while, but he’s actually older than Tek. He might be willing to do a cheap one-year gig, and that’s the only reason we’d choose him over Tek.


2 Responses to 2009 Offseason: Sox add Green to infield depth

  1. scoty32 says:

    Hey, head over to my site if you want to get my expanded opinion on this subject, I wrote a post on just this subject today.

    Basically, I’m very optimistic about Bard, and I think that this acquisition likely means the end of Varitek and maybe even Wakefield as Red Sox. It will be sad to see them go, but the Red Sox offense will need to step up with the improved teams in the AL East- an upgrade at catcher is a must.

    I also think that the Red Sox will get one of Taylor Teagarden/Jarrod Saltalamacchia/Miguel Montero for a young pitcher (Bowden/Buchholz/Masterson) and a young toolsy guy. However, this may not be by the beginning of the season, and I think the Red Sox could break camp with Dusty Brown backing up (who’s, in my opinion, better than Kottaras), until the Rangers or Diamondbacks drop their price or the Sox cave.

    Anyway, you guys are doing a great job here, I just stumbled on it and I love it, I’ll be reading.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Hey, thanks for reading and for your comment. What site is yours? I don’t think I saw a link in your comment.

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