FORT MYERS, Fla. — Righthanded reliever Colten Brewer learned a few weeks ago that the Red Sox tried to obtain him last season at the non-waiver trade deadline but the San Diego Padres weren’t willing to make deal.
“It would have been really, really cool to help win a World Series,’’ Brewer said Wednesday. “But everything happens for a reason.’’
The Sox finally pried away Brewer in November, sending minor league second baseman Esteban Quiroz to the Padres. Boston has long been intrigued by the 26-year-old Brewer, who was a fourth-round draft pick of the Pirates in 2011 and has since bounced around. He has averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings since being used exclusively in relief starting in 2017.