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Red Sox lose Alex Castellanos to Rangers' waiver claim

Utility man Alex Castellanos' time with the Red Sox has come to an end after just two months.

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Rangers have claimed Alex Castellanos from the Red Sox on waivers, ending the jack of all trades' time in the Boston fold after just two months.

Castellanos was acquired from the Dodgers in October, with Jeremy Hazelbaker and cash considerations heading in the other direction, but was designated for assignment when the Sox re-signed starting first baseman Mike Napoli with a full 40-man roster.

Many will not have even heard of Castellanos, given the timing of his acquisition. He's certainly not to be confused with top Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos. Alex, a 27-year-old journeyman has seen just 41 major league at bats, and hasn't done much hitting outside of the eminently hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. His main draw lies in his versatility, as on any given day he can slot in at any position save catcher and pitcher.

That being said, the Red Sox have one real area of concern when it comes to depth: center field. And there, Castellanos should really not be used except in case of emergency. With Jonathan Herrera set to take over backup duties for much of the infield, and Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes providing plenty of depth at first base and in left field, the roles Castellanos would really have been useful in are already well-filled.

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