Earlier in August, the Red Sox added to their outfield depth picture by acquring veteran outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. DeShields only lasted a few weeks in the organization before being sent back out with cash coming back to the Red Sox. The team announced on Tuesday that they were trading DeShields to the Reds in exchange for cash considerations.
The #RedSox today traded minor league OF Delino Deshields Jr. to the Cincinnati Reds, in exchange for cash considerations.— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2021
DeShields Jr., a former top 10 overall pick, spent his brief time in the organization entirely with Worcester, appearing in 18 games for Boston’s Triple-A affiliate. In that time he hit .210/.355/.355. The 29-year-old is extremely athletic and plays strong defense in center field while making an impact on the bases, but he doesn’t really hit enough at this point to really stick in the majors.
Without DeShields in the fold, Worcester now has Franchy Cordero, Johan Mieses, Joey Meneses, and Tate Matheny as outfield options. Danny Santana may also factor into the mix if his rehab is moved to Triple-A. This move could also potentially pave the way for a call-up from Portland. Jeisson Rosario, for example, has struggled for most of the year but has an .806 OPS this month. The team could potentially want to see him for a couple of weeks at Triple-A before any potential 40-man decisions have to be made this winter. Tyreque Reed and Devlin Granberg have mostly been handling the other outfield duties in Portland of late.