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Outfield Helper: Red Sox Sign Andres Torres to Minor League Deal

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A little help is on the way for the struggling Red Sox outfield.

The Red Sox signed journeyman outfielder Andres Torres to a minor-league deal. The 36-year-old switch hitting outfielder batted .250/.302/.342 with 2 home runs, 17 doubles, 33 runs scored, and 21 RBIs in 300 plate appearances for the San Francisco Giants in 2013.

In 2010, Torres made an impact in leading the Giants to a World Series title, batting .268/.343/.479 with 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases in the regular season, then hitting .350/.409/.350 in the NLCS and .318/.348/.636 in the Series against the Rangers.

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Torres -- who is primarily a center fielder -- could be a complement to Jackie Bradley, or even replace him, if the young outfielder continues to struggle with the bat. Torres hits lefthanded pitching well, batting .291/.342/.376 last season for San Francisco.

The addition of Torres could also mean Grady Sizemore's days in Boston could be coming to an end as well.

Torres had surgery in August to remove bone spurs from his left heel after he had been hampered by the sore Achilles' tendon for much of the season. He has been rehabbing since.

The most similar players to Torres according to Baseball Reference? Former Red Sox outfielders Damon Buford and Marty Keough.