According to Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are close to reaching a deal with free agent outfielder Kevin Pillar.

The Red Sox are pretty familiar with Pillar, as he spent seven seasons in the AL East with the Blue Jays before being dealt to the Giants late last season. Over the course of his career, Pillar has spent time all over the outfield. After trading Mookie Betts, the Red Sox will be looking to add some depth to their outfield, making Pillar be a perfect fit.


The free agent outfielder is an average hitter slashing .259/.287/.432 with a .719 OPS in 2019. However, Pillar is an elite defender and would be the only right-handed bat in the current Red Sox outfield.

Adding Pillar to this roster would be a good move that provides depth to the current outfield in case Alex Verdugo’s back issues become a problem during the season.

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