Carlos Peguero

Red Sox acquire outfielder Carlos Peguero from Rangers for cash

Rob Bradford
May 27, 2015 - 2:13 pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have acquired 28-year-old outfielder Carlos Peguero for cash considerations from the Rangers. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Peguero -- a left-handed hitter who appeared in 30 games for the Rangers -- the Red Sox placed reliever Anthony Varvaro on the 60-day disabled list. Peguero played all three outfield positions for the Rangers, hitting .186 (13-for-70) with four home runs. All of his homers came on Texas' seven-game road trip in early May. The outfielder had been designated for assignment May 20. He is out of options. Peguero has shown pop, hitting 30 home runs for Triple-A Omaha last season. For his minor-league career, the Dominican native has homered 167 times, averaging one home run every 16.7 at-bats during his stints in Triple-A. He also strikes out quite a bit, fanning 125 times in 284 big league at-bats. Originally signed by Seattle, Peguero has played in 99 major league games. He totaled 44 appearances with the Mariners in 2011, 17 in '12 and two more in '13. Playing for the Royals last season, the lefty hitter got action in four games. He is a significantly more productive hitter against right-handers, hitting .290 at Triple-A in '14 compared to a .198 clip vs. lefties. While it is unclear what the roster move on the 25-man roster might be, the Red Sox could disable Rusney Castillo (who said after Wednesday's game he was optimistic he would be ready to play Thursday after suffering a shoulder injury Wednesday), or send Jeff Bianchi back to Triple-A. Another scenario would be designating Daniel Nava for assignment, with Peguero serving as another left-handed-hitting outfielder. The Red Sox will also be bringing up pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday, with Heath Hembree most likely being sent back to Pawtucket.