Boston Red Sox announced that they have signed Brennan Boesch to a contract that will pay the veteran outfielder $1,000,000 for his Major League service in 2016. Boesch adds to the Red Sox a power-hitting left handed bat, with versatility – he has seen action in all three outfield positions, at designated hitter and First Base.
Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski first elevated Brennan to the Major Leagues as the Detroit Tigers’ General Manager,and was rewarded by two straight American League Rookie-of-the-Month honors and a three-year Major League starter during two Division Championship seasons.
Rebounding from injury in 2014, Brennan won the AAA Batting Title hitting .332 with 26 homers, and he anticipated opportunity in 2015 with the Cincinnati Reds. But the Reds faltered early, dropping to last place. When Major League opportunity gave way to a team rebuilding, regular at-bats in the Reds lineup dried up – and so Brennan again dominated at AAA, finishing with a .320 average and a look ahead to a new Major League opportunity.
“I have always loved playing in Fenway Park,” Boesch said, “and I am really excited to be with such a winning organization. The Red Sox are a World Series’ contender year after year, and I look forward to earning opportunities to make the club and help them win it all in 2016.”