The Boston Red Sox have finally made their first signings of the offseason and no it’s not the big ones you might be thinking.
On Friday, the team signed former Toronto Blue Jays utility infielder/outfielder Mike McCoy and San Diego Padres left-handed reliever Tommy Layne to minor league contracts for the 2014 season with invites to spring training.
McCoy, who spent all of the 2013 season with Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays system has played in 170 games in the majors from 2009-2012 hitting .190 3 HRs 20 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. With the Bisons last season, he hit .245 4 HRs 22 RBIs in 108 games and 29 steals.
Despite not being known for a great hitter, McCoy does display good plate discipline and does get his fair share of walks and doesn’t strikeout a ton. What makes him most effective is his versatility as he has played six different positions in the majors and is a good base runner. Once on base, McCoy is known for racking up a high number of stolen bases.
Layne, who spent last season between Triple-A Tucson and Padres, has 40 games under his belt in the major leagues going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings. Despite his success in the majors, Layne has struggled with control in the past but is effective at getting left-handed hitters out.
Both of these signings are proof that team believes that having depth in the organization is what will help them again in 2014 like it did this year in the team winning the World Series. Expect both players to start next year with Triple-A Pawtucket and give the Pawsox the veteran experience they could be looking for.