It looks like one less position to fill for the Red Sox as free agent first baseman J.T. Snow has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract with Boston, according to a report on ESPN.com.
Snow, who will turn 38 in February, most likely will get a limited number of starts at first base with Kevin Youkilis expected to get the majority of the starting assigments. Snow should get some time in as a late-inning defensive replacement and would also be able to pinch-hit off the bench. Mike Lowell could also platoon at first base along with Youkilis and Snow.
“He’s excited,” agent Dan Horwits told Jerry Crasnick. “J.T. was only going to consider a few places if he wasn’t going back to San Francisco, and one of them was Boston right out of the chute. It’s a good fit for him.”
The deal will become official pending a physical which Snow is undergoing in Boston today according to the Red Sox website.
The left-handed hitting Snow is a career .268 hitter over 14 seasons with 189 homers and 873 RBIs, and is generally regarded as one of the best defensive first basemen in the game with six Gold Gloves (1995 – 2000). In 2004, Snow hit a career-high .327 in 346 at-bats and hit .275 with 4 homers, 40 RBIs, and a .343 on-base percentage in 117 games last season.
Snow broke into the majors in 1992 at age 24 with the New York Yankees, then moved to Anaheim for the next four years. In 1997, He joined the San Francisco Giants where’s he’s been for the last nine seasons.