The Red Sox have made two acquisitions Thursday, signing Jose De Leon to a minor-league deal and trading for Delino Delino DeShields Jr.
“Since ‘97, when I started playing baseball, I always dreamed about being a @RedSox,” De Leon announced on Twitter. “Today, the dream of that little kid from Isabela, Puerto Rico, becomes reality. So kids, never stop dreaming! We’re back #OnAMission.”
The club announced the trade of DeShields today, as the outfielder will be sent to the WooSox for cash considerations.
DeShields, 28, spent five seasons with the Rangers (2015-2019) posting a slash line of .246/.326/.342 while socking 18 homers through his 539 games with Texas, before hitting .252/.310/.318 across 37 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2020.
The speedy right-handed bat returned to Texas for the 2021 season, playing 66 games with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate. The outfielder has hit .263 with a .760 OPS in AAA, walking 16.4% of the time while blasting five homers.
Although the trade deadline has passed, teams can still make minor-league trades.
De Leon, also 28, has spent limited time in the majors over the past five seasons, making outings for the Dodgers, Rays, and most recently the Reds. The right-handed hurler has started in six of his 22 major-league appearances, while allowing 45 runs through his 48 career innings (8.44 ERA).
The righty notched an 8.35 ERA through nine outings (two starts) this season with Cincinnati, before being released by the team last Friday. However, the 2013 24th-round pick did have an xFIP of just 3.54 as well as a strikeout rate of 36.3% for Cincy.
He throws a sinker, slider, and changeup. The sinker-baller will most likely be sent to the WooSox.
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