Red Sox Sign Infielder Ryan Roberts, Assign Brock Holt To Pawtucket


ryan robertsThe Boston Red Sox added some infield depth to their roster Monday morning.

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility infielder Ryan Roberts agreed to terms on a major league contract with the Red Sox, according to a tweet from his agency.

Update: The Red Sox have confirmed the signing and announced that infielder Brock Holt has been sent down to Triple-A to make room for Roberts on the 25-man roster. Roberts will wear No. 7 with the Sox and will be available for Monday night’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Roberts, 33, has seen action at six different positions during his eight years in the majors, with the majority (217 games) coming at third base. That’s where he’ll likely see the most time with the Red Sox, who placed third baseman Will Middlebrook on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Roberts played in 60 games for the Rays last season, compiling a .247/.295/.377 slash line with five home runs and 17 RBIs. The team designated for him for assignment in August, and he was cut by the Chicago Cubs at the end of this season’s spring training.

Roberts has played for four teams in his major league career, including three-plus seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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