2009 Offseason: Sox add Green to infield depth
January 6, 2009 2 Comments
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.