J.T. Snow was expected to land in Boston within the next couple of hours for a physical after coming to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract, Snow's agent, Danny Horwits, said today.
The deal is a straight one-year deal with no performance incentives, only award bonuses.
Snow, a left-handed hitter who turns 38 on Feb. 26, broke into the big leagues with the Yankees in 1992, playing just seven games before being traded to the Angels. He spent four seasons with the Angels and the last nine with the San Francisco Giants.
A six-time Gold Glove winner, Snow made just three errors at first base in 117 games for the Giants last season, posting a .997 fielding percentage. A career .268 hitter, Snow batted .275 with 4 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Giants last season.
He is expected to share time at first base with Kevin Youkilis and another newcomer, Mike Lowell. Lowell and Youkilis are also expected to share third base. "Depending on the amount of time he plays, he could get anywhere from 350 to 550 plate appearances,'' Horwits said. "His intention is to play a lot."
Snow is the son of Jack Snow, the former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver and current team broadcaster. The elder Snow has been fighting what doctors believe is a staph infection, but Horwits said today his condition has improved significantly.
"It's been real up and down for several months,'' Horwits said. "In the last 10 days there were three different times they thought he would pass away, but his functions are starting to recover. He's significantly better.''
Sox manager Terry Francona had identified Snow as a player who'd make an ideal fit on the club.
"J.T. is excited to become a part of East Coast baseball,'' Horwits said. "He was with the Yankees, so he knows what that's all about.
"I've represented hundreds, thousands of players, but J.T. is if not my No. 1 all-time favorite, he's right there. It's the type of guy he is. He's just a normal guy in a game where there are not a lot of normal guys. A great guy, a great teammate, someone who will be great for the community, a really good man.''