Sean Coyle

Angels claim infielder Sean Coyle off waivers from Red Sox, hope history can repeat itself

John Tomase
July 18, 2016 - 11:19 am

The Angels claimed infielder Sean Coyle on waivers from the Red Sox on Monday, hoping perhaps lightning can strike again 16 years later. In 2000, the Red Sox placed infielder David Eckstein on waivers to add WEEI's own Lou Merloni to the roster. The Angels scooped up the diminutive Eckstein, and a year later he finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting before embarking on a successful 10-year career that included two All-Star Games with the Cardinals and two World Series titles -- one with the Angels in 2002 and another with the Cards that saw Eckstein named World Series MVP in 2006. Listed at just 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, Eckstein overcame size limitations to carve out a nice career. Coyle hopes to do the same. Generously listed at 5-8, 175, Coyle broke out at Double-A Portland in 2014, mashing 16 homers and compiling an .883 OPS. He has struggled since, however, and hit just .125 at Triple-A Pawtucket this year. The 24-year-old was designated for assignment last week to make room for utilityman Michal Martinez on the 40-man roster. The odds of Coyle's career following in the footsteps of Eckstein's may be low, but the Angels felt he was a worthy gamble to stash at Triple-A, particularly since they lack middle infield depth. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network was the first to report the move.