The Boston Red Sox have signed outfielder Andres Torres to a minor league deal, according to a team announcement. Torres, who has not yet seen action this season, will likely report to Triple-A Pawtucket before joining the major league team in the near future.
Torres, 36, will join a struggling Red Sox' outfield and could serve as a complement to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s left-handed bat in centerfield. Torres is a switch-hitter who has historically hit better against lefties, meaning that he should see some at-bats from the right side of the plate.
Boston has seen little offensive production from its outfield this season, with Bradley (.203), Grady Sizemore (.220), Gomes (.239) and Daniel Nava (.168) struggling in the absence of Shane Victorino, who has missed most of the season due to injury. They are expected to be on the lookout for outfield help at the trade deadline, but the addition of Torres simply provides another option that could help in the short-term.
In parts of nine major league seasons with the Tigers (2002-2004), Rangers (2005), Giants (2009-2011, 2013) and Mets (2012), Torres is a lifetime .242 hitter with 32 HR and 174 RBI and has seen time at all three outfield positions. Last season with San Francisco, he hit .250 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 103 games.