Red Sox sign free fielder ahead of MLB CBA deadline

August 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Twins left fielder Rob Refsnyder (38) heads for first in a game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past few days, MLB teams have been scrambling to sign free agents before the league’s collective agreement expires on Tuesday night. Teams can’t sign free agents until a new deal is struck, and with lengthy labor negotiations expected, front offices are trying to get ahead of what’s to come.

The Red Sox have been remarkably calm during that time, but signed their first stick of the winter on Tuesday morning. According to Chris Cotillo from MassLive, the team signed the outfielder Rob refsnyder to a minor league contract.

Refsnyder, 30, has been in the big leagues since 2015 and has spent time with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Rangers and Twins. He appeared in 51 games last year with Minnesota, cutting .245 / .325 / 0.388.

Defensively, Refsnyder started his career as a second baseman, but has been used more as an outfielder in recent years. The Red Sox have tended to recruit similar players under Chaim Bloom, including Kiké Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez last winter.

That’s two additions for the Red Sox so far this offseason. The team also agreed to terms with pitcher Michael Wacha on Saturday.

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