The Red Sox have added 33-year-old Ryan Roberts to the 25 man roster after placing Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Boston Globe. According to the Globe, the Red Sox signed Roberts ahead of bringing up Brock Holt or Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Pawtucket or bringing back ex-Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.
Roberts played the last 2 years with the Tampa Bay Rays, but had his best year with the Arizona D-Backs, when he hit .249 with 19 home runs and 18 stolen bases, according to the Globe. He's considered a pretty good player when he's hot, but not so much when he's not.
Per the Globe:
Said one scout, “When he gets hot, he’s a pretty good player. When he’s not, it’s not pretty.
“Dependable defensively, but he doesn’t have much range. Very aggressive and energetic and could be a good fit in that clubhouse. Again, when he’s not in a good place, he can look bad.”
Roberts opted out of a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs at the end of Spring Training.
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