The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves Monday before their three-game set against the Yankees, which two games consist of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Boston activated the newly acquired Travis Shaw, and they released Marwin Gonzalez while they optioned Franchy Cordero and Connor Wong to Triple-A Worcester.
Gonzalez’s tenure didn’t work out so well for the Sox, as he played elite and versatile defense ranking in the 92nd percentile of outs above average, but his bat faltered with a career-worst 57 wRC+ as he hit just .202 through 77 games. The switch-hitter swatted just two homers while notching 20 RBI and hitting 14 doubles, to go along with an OPS of only .566.
Gonzalez was signed to a one-year, $3M deal this offseason in hopes of being a solid bench-bat. But he was designated for assignment after the Red Sox activated Kyle Schwarber, and the Sox chose to release the utility-man.
Shaw will be activated after he was claimed off waivers by Boston, from the Brewers. He was waived by Milwaukee after hitting just .191 with six homers and 28 RBI through 56 games, before getting injured. He posted a fairly low 68 wRC+, with an OPS of just .616. Shaw had a solid two years in Boston from 2015-’16, and had back-to-back 30-homer seasons with Milwaukee before falling off a cliff in 2019.
Alex Cora explained yesterday how the Sox plan to use Shaw, and the manager also mentioned that he has a special connection with the versatile infielder.
Cordero was optioned after another stint in the majors, as he went 7-for-32 (.219) in his second tenure with the major-league club, with all of his hits being singles. He’s hit just .189/.237/.260 with just one long ball through 47 games this season, posting a team-worst 33 wRC+.
Wong will be optioned yet again, as he’s gone 4-for-13 (.307/.357/.508) with one walk, one double, and one triple through six games, to go along with three runs and one RBI.
Boston looks ahead to their three-game, weekday series in the Bronx. Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader is at 1:05 p.m. EST, while Game 2 is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. EST. Both games are seven innings, while Wednesday, Game 3 of the series is at 7:05 p.m. EST.
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