June 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM
The Red Sox have signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres to a minor league contract, the team announced today. Torres has appeared in 650 major league games and played a key role on the 2010 San Francisco Giants team that won the World Series.
Torres, 36, is best remembered for that 2010 season, when he hit .268/.343/.479 as the Giants starting center fielder, and went on to go 7 for 22 in the World Series. He finished fourth in the National League with 43 doubles that year, and added 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases. Originally drafted back in 1998 in the fourth round by Detroit, Torres has played parts of nine major league seasons with the Tigers, Rangers, Giants and Mets. He struggled to a .250/.302/.342 line with the Giants in 2013 and was unsigned as a free agent after the season.
A switch-hitter, Torres will provide depth to the Red Sox injury-depleted outfield. He has seen playing time throughout his career at all three outfield positions, with the majority of the playing time coming in center.