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The Red Sox have signed veteran outfielder Bradley Zimmer to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Worcester, according to Friday’s WooSox game notes. Zimmer is already in Worcester; he was just released by the Dodgers after spending the early part of their season with their Triple-A affiliate.
Zimmer, 30, is a former Cleveland first-round pick who has 372 games of major league experience since debuting in 2017. In parts of six major league seasons with Cleveland (2017-21), Toronto (2022) and Philadelphia (2022), he has hit .213 with 21 homers, 42 steals and a .631 OPS. Last season, he struggled mightily at the plate (.124 average, .435 OPS) in two stints with the Blue Jays and nine games with the Phillies.
Zimmer is a glove-first outfielder who can provide speed and defense but has struck out at a high clip (34%) as a big leaguer. He has primarily been a center fielder but also has the ability to play the corners; he will replace Greg Allen, who was traded to the Yankees on Friday, and join Wilyer Abreu, Nick Sogard, Narciso Crook and Marcus Wilson in Worcester’s outfield mix. The Red Sox have five outfielders on their big league roster (Masataka Yoshida, Jarren Duran, Alex Verdugo, Rob Refsnyder and Raimel Tapia) and Adam Duvall is getting close to returning from the IL, so Zimmer is yet another layer of depth with defensive upside.
Zimmer, who hit .219 with three homers, 14 RBIs and a .665 OPS in 31 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City to begin the year, is the latest depth addition for Chaim Bloom, who has used minor trades and waiver claims to add three players (Brennan Bernardino, Zack Littell and Pablo Reyes) who have appeared in the big leagues this season.