Oct 1, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Josh Rutledge (30) has New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) out as attempts to complete the double play during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Miller – INF
2015 Stats (Minors): 114 G, 412 AB, .240/.283/.330, 4 HR, 31 RBI
A classic utility player the now 26-year-old right-hander saw duty at Pawtucket after moving up from Portland. Has some decent speed (12 steals) and is an above average fielder. On smaller side (5’9”). This is the Jemile Weeks role at Pawtucket last season. Sean Coyle, Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero expect to be the non first base infielders.
Josh Rutledge – INF
2015 Stats: 39 G, 74 AB, .284/.333/.338, 1 HR 10 RBI
Rutledge did some nice work for Boston and was rewarded for his effort with a DFA. Picked up for Shane Victorino, Rutledge – now 26-years-old – will start the season at Pawtucket unless someone needs a spot player. Otherwise, he’ll be some depth for Boston. Expect Rutledge to be on an MLB roster somewhere in 2016.
Chris Dominguez – INF/OF
2015 Stats: 14 G, 23 AB, .261/.261/.522, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Plays the infield and outfield corners. Big (6’4”) right-hand batter who had a 21 HR year for Fresno in 2014. Now 29-years-old the former third round pick is resigned to being a Triple-A player. May provide some power the PawSox were missing in 2015.
Allen Craig – OF/1B
2015 Stats: 36 G, 79 AB, .152/.239/.203, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Somewhere in the bowels of Fenway Park is a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge just counting the fiscal calendar for the remaining $21 Million to run out. How quickly talent can evaporate.