The Boston Red Sox announced Thursday that they’ve claimed utility infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Motter now joins his fifth team in just four seasons playing in the major leagues.
Motter, 31, played 13 games with the Rockies in 2021 and batted .150 with a .377 OPS, mainly as a pinch-hitter. In the field, he registered three games at third base and two in the outfield.
In all, Motter has logged 49 games at shortstop, 39 in the outfield, 26 at second base, 21 at first base, and 15 at third base. Originally a 17th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, when Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom was serving as their Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, Motter has spent time in Tampa, Minnesota, and Seattle. He spent the 2019 season in Double-A for the Oakland A’s and Detroit Lions organizations.
The journeyman utlity man also spent parts of 2019 and 2020 in the Dominican Winter League, the Atlantic League, and the Korean Baseball Organization, before breaking back into the big leagues with Colorado.
Motter arrives to the Red Sox as they’ve rebounded with two wins in a row after losing two in the row to the Rays. The Red Sox needed depth in both the infield and outfield after shortstop Xander Bogaerts, infielders Yairo Munoz and Christian Arroyo, utility man Kike Hernandez recently landed on the COVID-19 injured list.