Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Boston Red Sox scooped up right-handed reliever Sandy Rosario, 27, who was released by the Marlins.
Rosario, who had a 1.04 ERA in 25 Triple-A outings last year, could become one of those unknowns who unexpectedly bolsters a bullpen. He will likely begin next season in Pawtucket.
Rosario made four major league appearances last year - two perfect outings, and two not-so-perfect (allowing 3 ER both times).
To make room for Rosario, the Red Sox took outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin off the 40-man roster. Lin could get claimed by another team, traded, opt for free agency, or possibly return to the Red Sox on a minor league contract.
Lin, 24, was the Jose Iglesias of the outfield - a tremendous fielder, but a suspect bat. Lin, who played in Portland in 2010-11, batted .247 in Pawtucket this year. He played in nine major league games, batting .250 (3-for-12).
Lin is expendable because of Boston's outfield depth, including Ryan Kalish, Bryce Brentz and Juan Carlos Linares. Also, the emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr., the best outfielder in Boston's organization and a terrific hitter, placed Lin in the shadows even more.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox continue their managerial search. They are scheduled to interview DeMarlo Hale today. ESPN.com's Joe McDonald, says Hale should be Boston's pick.
Already, Boston has interviewed Tim Wallach, Tony Pena and Brad Ausmus (with sites reportedly still on John Farrell). Pena's name reminded me of a column I wrote last year, looking at candidates. Back then, I thought Pena and Trey Hillman were good fits. Still do.
The Yankees avoided elimination Wednesday night, when their game with the Tigers was rained out. Alex Rodriguez was not in Wednesday's lineup, and he likely won't be today.
What can A-Rod do? ESPN/NewYork's Ian O'Connor says to leave town.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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