First, the concrete news. The Red Sox have designated Steve Selsky for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot.
#RedSox DFA Steve Selsky, source tells The Athletic. Team might be on verge of trade. Dombrowski declined comment.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 23, 2017
This, in and of itself, is not a terribly surprising move. Selsky was brought in this past winter as a potential piece of outfield depth for a team that desperately needed someone who could be stashed in Triple-A until needed. Things have not gone well for the former Red since coming to Boston, as he’s spent most of the year with Pawtucket and has hit just .215/.270/.360 in 322 plate appearances. He has been surpassed by at least Bryce Brentz on the outfield depth chart.
Where this becomes really interesting is that it doesn’t appear that Brentz will be taking that 40-man spot. It seemed like it was only a matter of time until Selsky was designated for assignment, but it also seemed inevitable that Brentz would take that spot. Instead, as Rosenthal indicates in the tweet above, it seems Boston is about to add someone from outside the organization. Nick Cafardo also mentioned that something was likely brewing.
The Red Sox appear to be adding a player via trade or waiver claim. Stay tuned.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 23, 2017
According to Rosenthal, it appears the player the Red Sox will pick up is an outfielder.
We will, of course, keep you up to speed if/when anything is announced.