Boston Red Sox

Sep 10, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jose Peraza (9) hits a double against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox have signed free agent infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal as the MLB Winter Meetings come to a close.

The news was first mentioned by MLB reporter Robert Murray. Jon Heyman added that Peraza’s deal is for nearly $3 million with additional incentives.

The 24-year-old has spent just over four years in the majors between the Dodgers and the Reds. He is a career .273 hitter, but had a down-year offensively in 2019 with a .239 average. The versatile Peraza saw time at second base, shortstop, third base, and in left and center fields in 2019.

In another move aimed at adding infield depth, Red Sox took Astros minor league shortstop Jonathan Arauz in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

Arauz reached Double-A in the Houston system last year and has a .243 career average in the minor leagues. Baseball America says his bat “lags behind the glove.” Arauz also has a 50-game suspension for methamphetamine in his past.

Since Arauz was a Rule 5 selection, the Red Sox will have to keep him on the active roster this year or return him to the Astros.

The moves could signal the end of the Brock Holt era in Boston. Holt is a free agent and is expected by many to be one of the players that will depart Boston this offseason as the Red Sox slash payroll in advance of 2020.

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