Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sox Transact! Unfortunately, Just In The Rule Five Draft

Luke Tendler
The Red Sox made a move at The Winter Meetings! Alert the media—Dave has awoken! No, they didn't land J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, or Jose Abreu—hell, not even Eduardo Nunez! In the AAA Phase of today Rule 5 Draft, the Red Sox selected OF Luke Tendler from the Texas Rangers organization. The 26-year-old Tendler (who turns 27 in August) is an athletic right-fielder, who has hit .277 with 62 HRs over four minor-league seasons. He capped out last season with the AA Frisco RoughRiders. CORRECTION: By rule of the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 draft, the Red Sox do not have to keep Tendler on the major-league's 25-man roster, but his contract is irrevocably assigned to the drafting team and the drafting fee ($12,000 for Triple-A) is paid. Probably just organizational depth.