Earlier this morning, news broke that the Red Sox had agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training with infielder Esteban Quiroz.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Quiroz, he was part of the Mexican World Baseball Classic team that competed just last spring, hitting a couple home runs during the tournament.
The 25-year-old middle infielder is listed at 5’7″ and around 175 pounds which have brought comparisons to Jose Altuve. However, fans may want to be careful before comparing this new signing to the reigning AL MVP.
“Over the last three seasons, he’s posted batting averages no lower than .293 and OPS’s no lower than .845. His best year was 2016 when he hit .335/.449/.522. It’s worth noting that most consider the Mexican League as a near-equivalent to Triple-A. ” – Matt Collins / OvertheMonster
Quiroz is a career .292 hitter and has had double digit home runs in every year, since 2015. The second baseman bats from the left side, while flashing superior defense – posting a career .984 fielding percentage.
Dave Dombrowski has flashed the importance of signing players from Mexico, when last season he inked Hector Velazquez to a Minor League deal. Velazquez was a valuable depth starter and made 8 appearances with the team, as well as dominating at the AAA level.
The signing of Quiroz could be a further indication that the Red Sox won’t be looking to add any big names in the absence of Dustin Pedroia, but rather add to the collection of depth players who could all arrive at Spring Training.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_YMi7Ld4E4]
An important facet of this deal, as MassLive’s Christopher Smith mentioned, is that this signing will not hurt the Red Sox chances of acquiring Shohei Otani.
Due to Quiroz’ age, the money that was spent will not impact the bidding for the Japanese superstar.