Last season, the Red Sox found two success stories in players the Yankees basically just gave away. Garrett Whitlock – a Rule 5 draft pick – and Adam Ottavino – acquired in a salary-dump trade by New York – were key pieces of a Boston bullpen that was one of the best in baseball.
Will Chaim Bloom hit on another Yankees castoff in 2022? On Friday, the Red Sox claimed outfielder Tim Locastro off waivers from New York according to Robert Murray of Fansided.
Locastro has played for three Major League teams over the past five seasons, mainly as a fourth outfielder and baserunning specialist – he’s one of the fastest players in baseball. His most involved season came in 2019, when he hit .250 in 92 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks while stealing 17 bases without getting thrown out once.
Last season, Arizona traded him to the Yankees, where he played in nine games before tearing his ACL in mid-July. He’s expected to be ready for Spring Training in February.
The 29-year-old Locastro originally entered the league as a 13th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2013 out of Division-III Ithaca College. Over his last two seasons with the Bombers, Locastro hit .439 in 81 games, setting school records for runs scored and stolen bases. He was named a D-III All-American and Empire 8 Player of the Year in his final season as a junior.
With Locastro added, the Red Sox 40-man roster now sits at 31 players. That includes seven outfielders, although Kyle Schwarber is set to become a free agent when MLB free agency opens on Sunday.
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