Boston Red Sox Rumor: Infielder Trevor Plouffe Could Be Added After Being DFA’d By The Oakland Athletics
This past offseason after the trades of Yoan Moncada and Travis Shaw, Boston Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski was looking for a back-up plan for third base with all the questions revolving around Pablo Sandoval. One of the players Boston was interested in was free agent Trevor Plouffe, and now the Red Sox have an opportunity to get him.
On Thursday the Oakland Athletics announced that they were designating Plouffe for assignment after the infielder has struggled so far this season hitting .214 with 7 home runs and 14 RBIs. Plouffe is on a 1-year deal worth $5.25 million and is set to be a free agent after this season, which makes him a possible candidate to help the Red Sox out at third base.
Plouffe has 597 games at third base in his major league career and he has a .956 fielding percentage. This season he has played 52 games at third with a .949 fielding percentage, which happens to be the same fielding percentage as Pablo Sandoval.
While Plouffe may seem like a candidate for Boston, his play this season is similar to Sandoval with Pablo hitting .217 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs this season for Boston.
If Dombrowski wants to add another third baseman and move on from Sandoval it will likely have to be via trade for a player like Todd Frazier. Plouffe is a .245 career hitter, and while if Boston got that out of him they would likely be ok with it, the chances of Sandoval hitting that are better than Plouffe being able to come in and do that.
For the foreseeable future the Boston Red Sox third base role will be Josh Rutledge‘s with Pablo Sandoval filling in, but chances are Dombrowski will go and get a third basemen on an expiring contract to upgrade at third to help the Red Sox’s chance at a title this season.