The Boston Red Sox cut ties with one of their outfielders Friday in a related move following a trade with the Kansas City Royals.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was designated for assignment to make room for the Red Sox’s final offseason addition to their 40-man roster. Boston announced it has acquired pitcher Wyatt Mills from the Royals for minor leaguer Jacob Wallace.
Hosmer, who the Red Sox acquired at last season’s Major League Baseball trade deadline, played just 14 games in Boston. After being traded from the San Diego Padres, Hosmer hit .244/.320/.311 and went 11-for-45 with three doubles and four RBIs with the Red Sox.
During his short run in Boston, Hosmer also battled a back injury that sidelined him for most of his time with the club.
Given that the Red Sox are projecting a rookie in Triston Casas as their future first baseman, it’s no surprise that cutting ties with the slumping Hosmer was the best move.
Meanwhile, Mills, 27, joins the Red Sox with two seasons of big league experience. In 27 appearances with the Seattle Mariners and Royals last season, Mills pitched 29 1/3 innings with a 4.90 ERA and an 0-1 record. He has allowed 15 total earned runs and 13 walks for a 20% strikeout rate.
Mills totaled 38 plate appearances at the major league level and was able to find his stride against right-handed hitters who hit .239/.361/.321 against him. Turning 28 in January, Mills has one year left on his contract.