The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that the team has acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. In order to clear room on the roster, Anthony Varvaro has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Peguero, 28, has played parts of five seasons in the majors with Seattle, Kansas City and Texas. The left-handed batter appeared in 30 games with the Rangers before being designated for assignment May 20. He’s batting just .186 (13-for-70) with 10 runs, four doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs. He also has played all three outfield positions this season, with his most appearances coming in left field.
Peguero is known for his power in the minors, and just last season hit 30 home runs in 104 games for the Omaha Storm Chasers, Texas’ Triple-A affiliate. In addition to the 30 homers, Peguero drove in 76 runs and posted a .266/.349/.563 slash line. He added eight more home runs in 31 games with the Gigantes of the Dominican Winter League.
Peguero has never appeared in more than 46 games in a major league season.
The move is a logical one for the Red Sox, whose only left-handed batter in the outfield is Daniel Nava. Nava, a switch-hitter, has batted just .159 in 63 at-bats this season with no home runs and seven RBIs. Shane Victorino, also a switch-hitter, is currently on the 15-day DL, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. is with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Varvaro’s move to the 60-day DL comes one day after successful surgery to remove elbow calcification.
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