Red Sox Pick Up Josh Rutledge As 'Panda Insurance'
In a move reflecting their angst about 3B, the Red Sox selected old friend Josh Rutledge in the Rule Five Draft. Rutledge—a utility infielder in the mold of Brock Holt—had played for Boston in both 2015 and 2016. He signed this off-season with the Colorado Rockies. The move fills out the 40-man roster, which will require paring one player, once new 1B/DH Mitch Moreland is officially signed. Clearly, the thought of third base hinging on the caloric intake of Pablo Sandoval is frightening—so having both Holt and Rutledge as 'Panda Insurance" is a prudent move.