One day after the Boston Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Adam Duvall to a one-year, $7 million contract, the team made another move to strengthen their outfield depth.
Speedy outfielder Raimel Tapia is now headed to Boston after spending the 2022 season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 28-year-old has spent most of his career with the Colorado Rockies.
He was traded to Toronto last spring in exchange for slugger Randal Grichuk.
But Tapia will be staying in the American League East in 2023.
Tapia announced the news on his Instagram account, and it was reported on Twitter by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
Raimel Tapia to Red Sox on minors deal. First: Raimel Tapia (on his IG account)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2023
Tapia had one of his better seasons to date in 2022, hitting .265 with seven home runs and 52 RBI in 411 at-bats.
His best season came in 2019, when he hit .275 with nine homers and 44 RBI in 426 at-bats.
But this could turn out to be a fruitful depth move for the Red Sox, who are trying to shore up their outfield.
The young speedster made his MLB debut in 2016 with Colorado.
The Red Sox have made sure to add to their outfield depth.
With Trevor Story out nursing an elbow injury, the Red Sox may end up shifting utilityman Enrique Hernandez to shortstop while they wait for their slugger to return.
If Tapia were to break camp with the club, Boston would have the flexibility to do just that while Story is on the mend.
Boston has been busy this offseason.
In addition to Tapia and Duvall, the team has signed Justin Turner, Masataka Yoshida, Corey Kluber, and Kenley Jansen.