In a move that gives them insurance if (when?) they trade Coco Crisp, the Sox have come to terms on a one-year deal with outfielder Bobby Kielty. It's a nonguaranteed contract that will pay Kielty $800,000 if he makes the big-league roster, with an additional $300,000 in incentives.
Kielty, who assured himself a place in Sox lore with a pinch-hit home run in Game 4 of the World Series last October, has been on hold all winter, waiting to see whether the Sox would trade either Jacoby Ellsbury or Crisp in a Johan Santana deal. Santana went to the Mets, but the Sox yesterday informed the switch-hitting outfielder they're bringing him back anyway, suggesting that a trade involving a center-fielder, while not certain, remains a good possibility. Crisp, who was supplanted in the starting lineup by the rookie Ellsbury in the ALCS and remained on the bench in the World Series, would figure to be the most likely to go.
There is nothing imminent on the trade front, however.