The Rockies are acquiring veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and international slot money, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand was the first to report on Monday:
The Rockies are acquiring Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for a PTBNL and 2019-20 international slot money, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 31, 2020
The year after he established career highs in homers (21) and RBI (88) in his lone season with the Giants, the 31-year-old Pillar has continued his strange upward offensive progression in his 30s, posting a career-best .274/.325/.470 slash line with four homers over 30 games (126 plate appearances) with the Red Sox. He’s also diversified his defensive skill set, playing 24 games in right field and three in left in addition to six in center field, the position he’s primarily played up until this year. He’ll add some much-needed depth to a Rockies outfield that is currently without David Dahl and Chris Owings due to injury and may see more time in center than he did in Boston, as utility player Garrett Hampson has been holding down the position since Dahl went on the injured list.