The Red Sox have gone through a whole lot of roster turnover the last week or so due to the COVID outbreak in their clubhouse. They have added players to the COVID list as recently as Sunday, though no new additions were made on Monday. That, however, doesn’t mean there was no roster news prior to the series opener against the Rays. Boston made another flurry of moves right before first pitch, most notably in signing former Red Sox prospect José Iglesias to a major-league deal. The details of the contract are not yet known.
It makes the most sense to start with Iglesias, who topped out at number two by Sox Prospects’ rankings back in 2011. The shortstop did get some major-league time with Boston before being sent to Detroit in 2013 as part of the trade that brought Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. Iglesias, now 31, was released by the Angels earlier this month. He is certainly more known for his glove than his bat, as he has been one of the best defensive shortstops in the game since he’s been in the majors. Offensively it’s a different story as he’s come in well below-average in nearly every season in his career and has a career wRC+ of 87.
The other moves were to add some more veteran depth to the bullpen, with Taylor coming back from the COVID list and Feliz joining the major-league roster after a couple of appearances with Worcester. The former was ruled a close contact at the end of August and returns after a seven-day absence. The latter was a recent minor-league signing who can miss bats but also struggles mightily with command.
As for the players coming off the roster, none were expected to be up for long. Crawford, at the least, should be back at some point next year, though if the Red Sox do end up needing another spot start that’s more likely to come from Connor Seabold than Crawford.