The brief and unremarkable Red Sox career of Carlos Peguero is likely finished, with the Red Sox announcing that they have outrighted Peguero from the team’s 40-man roster. The Red Sox acquired Peguero from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations in May, but after going just 1-5 with a walk over a few weeks with the Red Sox, they designated him for assignment and acquired Alejandro De Aza from Baltimore.
Generally an outright assignment means that a player reports to his team’s Triple-A affiliate in addition to being removed from the 40-man roster. However, there might be an added wrinkle in the case of Peguero.
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According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, there could be a Japanese team interested in acquiring Peguero’s services. That would likely be a superior option for Peguero, who could avoid the long bus trips and exhausting lifestyle of Triple-A baseball while playing as a potentially great player in Japan.
Peguero is the definition of a Quad-A player, who has dominated in Triple-A but is yet to catch on in the major leagues. In 2014, he slashed .266/.349/.563 with Triple-A Omaha, crushing 30 home runs in just 104 games. He has always had power in spades, but hasn’t translated it to big league success, sporting a career .194/.263/.384 slash line at baseball’s highest level.
In Japan, Peguero might finally be able to put up big power numbers and perform at a high level in a more professional atmosphere than Triple-A. Going overseas could also be an attractive option in that Peguero would likely make more money than he otherwise would. As a major league bench player at most, Peguero would be in line for the major league minimum, whereas he could develop into a star power hitter in Japan and take home an extra million or two. We wish Carlos all the best in his future baseball endeavors, whether they be in America or Japan.