Red Sox plan to choose midfield contract Pablo ReyesBoston Globe’s Julian McWilliams report (Twitter link). corner midfielder Bobby Dalbec will be optionally changed to Triple-A Worcester in a corresponding active squad move, MassLive’s Christopher Smith report. Boston got a spot on the 40-man list after the loss Zack Littell about exemptions.
Reyes played the 2023 campaign in A’s system. The lathe signed a minor league deal with Oakland and started the new year with their flagship Las Vegas branch. Red Sox buy him for cash this morning. It’s unclear if Reyes’ deal with Team A includes an upward move clause requiring them to offer him if another team offers a spot on the roster immediately or if Oakland will execute the deal immediately. politely or not. In either case, the 29-year-old will return to the pro league for his fifth season in six years.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Reyes began her career in the Pirates system. He reached the majors with Pittsburgh in 2018 and made his highest individual 157 appearances the following season. He was suspended for the entire 2020 campaign after failing a performance-enhancing drug test and Pittsburgh cut him later that year. Reyes signed a minor league contract with the Brewers and made the MLB roster in early 2021. He will appear in 59 games over the next two seasons.
Between Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, right-handed Reyes hit the ball .238/.307/.361 in 323 major league appearances. He has a solid .273/.342/.440 slash in just under 1300 hits at Triple-A level. That includes .257 / .385/.351 starts in 21 games for the Aviators in 2023. He has long demonstrated solid discipline and contact skill without much power.
Reyes has run out of five minor league options. Boston will have to keep him on the MLB roster or offer him to other teams through waivers. He brings a bit of flexibility to Alex Cora’s bench. He has scored a lot of minor league work in both midfield, third base and left and midfield positions. Most of his time – just over 3000 plays – was spent on the main stone. He’ll be adding some depth in the midfield behind ‘s current starting duo Enmanuel Valdez And Enrique Hernandez.
As for Dalbec, he returned to Triple-A after a brief call back by the kids. He only appeared in seven MLB games this year after topping 100 competitions in each of the previous two seasons. The right-hander owned a solid .238/.374/.475 line in 23 games against Worcester but he hit almost 40% of the time at Triple-A.