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Red Sox sign intriguing second base option

Rob Bradford
November 22, 2017 - 9:58 am

When asked about Dustin Pedroia's return from knee surgery, Dave Dombrowski routinely cites May as a possibility. He also almost immediately surfaces Marco Hernandez's name as a logical replacement during Pedroia's absence.

But the Red Sox have now signed another second base option that might be worth keeping an eye on in spring training.

Mexican League standout Esteban Quiroz has inked a minor-league deal with the Red Sox, with an invitation to big league camp.

The 25-year-old Quiroz -- who is listed at 5-foot-7, 175 pounds -- packs some punch despite his size, as was evident in the most recent World Baseball Classic when he hit a pair of home runs for Team Mexico (one of which came off Yusmeiro Petit). 

Playing in 89 games for Yucatan last season, Quiroz hit .293 with a .916 OPS and 11 homers. His best season as a professional came in 2016 when the switch hitter managed a .335 batting average with a .971 OPS an 15 homers.

Besides Hernandez, other options to fill in while Pedroia is out include Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt. Dombrowski said he is not actively seeking help from the free agent market, although he wouldn't rule out an acquisition.