Boston Red Sox sign Scott Cousins to minor league deal


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Adding another outfielder into the Spring Training mix, the Boston Red Sox reached an agreement on a minor league deal with Scott Cousins on Friday according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. He isn’t likely a threat to make the team out of camp, but he could serve as depth at Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 29 year old has seen limited action in the Major Leagues over the past four seasons. Over 193 plate appearances he’s hit just .179/.230/.285 with a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He can handle all three outfield positions, however, which does of course offer up some degree of value. Cousins spent the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels organization, primarily with their Triple-A affiliate. In part-time duty he received just 220 PA, batting .233/.310/.306.

A collision at the plate in 2011, resulting in a broken leg for San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, is likely what Cousins is best known for.

Cousins will likely work his way into the mix at Pawtucket, depending on which other players end up making their way onto that roster – though Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz are both likely ticketed there. The pair is also on the 40-man roster already, making each a more likely callup should the Red Sox be forced to make a move in lieu of an injury.