Red Sox Sign Former Cubs Outfielder To Minor League Contract

Boston continues to round out its depth


November 23

The Red Sox have made themselves busy during Thanksgiving week.

Boston signed a southpaw reliever and acquired a versatile infielder in a trade, and the Red Sox continued to round out its depth by signing former Cubs outfielder Narciso Crook to a minor league deal, according to the team’s transaction wire.

The 27-year-old has primarily spent time in Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Iowa but made his Major League Baseball debut in the 2022 season. He played in four games, including three against the Red Sox. Crook was 1-for-7 with five strikeouts, but he impressed at Triple-A Iowa, posting a .260 average with 19 homers, 67 RBIs and an .837 OPS in 101 games.

Crook is a former 23rd-round pick of the Reds in the 2013 amateur draft. He spent seven years with Cincinnati’s organization before signing a minor league deal with the Cubs last November. He was a top-30 prospect in the Reds’ system in 2016.

Crook likely will add depth to Triple-A Worcester and join an outfield that includes Alex Verdugo, Kiké Hernández, Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran.

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