The Red Sox have signed a pair of free agents to minor-league deals, as outfielders Rob Refsnyder and Christin Stewart have agreed to terms with Boston.
Stewart, a former 2015 first-round pick has spent his entire career with the Tigers. He had a strong 2018 in the majors in his first big-league stint, as through 17 games the 27-year-old socked two homers, hitting .267 and posting a 119 wRC+.
That would not carry over into 2019 and 2020 though, as, across 104 games in ’19, he hit just .233 with 10 homers and an 80 wRC+. His .167 batting average, as well as his 40 wRC+ and three homers in 36 games during ’20 put him in Triple-A Toledo for all of 2021.
Stewart did have a stellar ’21 season at the Triple-A level, but fell short of a major-league call-up. The outfielder slashed .254/.339/.538, clubbing 21 long balls and posting 58 RBI to go along with a 127 wRC+.
Refsnyder has some more recent major-league experience, as the 6-foot 30-year-old played 51 games last year with the Twins and has put on seven different uniforms in the past four seasons. He hit .245/.325/.338 this past season with just a pair of homers, accumulating an 86 wRC+.
The 2012 fifth-rounder worked his way up to the Yankees in 2015, and was scorching hot to start his career (15 games) but had a below average 2016 with New York, before getting dealt to the Blue Jays mid-2017. He still had yet to hit a major-league homer since his rookie year (78 games).
Refsnyder went homer-less in his short stint with Toronto (32 games) and spent his 2018 flip-flopping between the Rays and Triple-A Durham after Tampa Bay purchased the right-hander from the Indians. After being sold to the Reds from the Diamondbacks just a day into the season, he had a strong Triple-A season with Cincinnati but fell short of a call-up in 2019. He spent his 2020 with the Rangers, grabbing six hits across 15 games (.200), before he was signed last offseason by Minnesota.
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