The Red Sox don’t have a solution in center yet, but they may have found themselves a fourth outfielder.
According to reports in Friday’s Denver Post and Boston Herald, former Rockies outfielder Dustan Mohr signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox at some point within the last week. The Red Sox have yet to announce the move.
The 29-year-old Mohr played in 98 games for Colorado last year, hitting .214 with 17 homers (13 at Coors Field) and 38 RBIs. He’s been in the majors the last five years (with the Twins, Giants, and Rockies), and has never played in more than 121 games in a season.
The right-handed hitting Mohr may be able to fill in for left-handed Trot Nixon in right field from time to time, perhaps even in a platoon role. According to the Herald, Mohr has dead-pull power to left field.
Mohr’s agent, Danny Horwits, told the Herald he thought Mohr would make the Sox major league roster as the team’s first outfield option off the bench.
“He’ll be on the team — that’s the plan,” Horwits said.
Last season, Gabe Kapler was the team’s fourth outfielder after Jay Payton was traded to the A’s. Kapler is currently recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ and his status for the 2006 season is unclear. Kapler has said he hopes to return to the Red Sox once he recovers.