Boston Red Sox

Aug 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Rob Refsnyder (38) heads to first during a game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past few days, MLB teams have been scrambling to sign free agents ahead of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring Tuesday night. Teams can’t sign free agents until a new deal is agreed to, and with lengthy labor negotiations expected, front offices are trying to get ahead of what’s to come.

The Red Sox have been noticeably quiet during this period, but did sign their first bat of the winter Tuesday morning. According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the team has signed outfielder Rob Refsnyder to a minor league contract.

Refsnyder, 30, has been in the major leagues since 2015 spending time with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Rangers, and Twins. He appeared in 51 games last year with Minnesota, slashing .245/.325/.388.

Defensively, Refsnyder began his career as a second baseman but has been used as more of  an outfielder in recent years. The Red Sox have trended towards signing similar players under Chaim Bloom, including Kiké Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez last winter.

This makes two additions for the Red Sox so far this offseason. The team also agreed to terms with pitcher Michael Wacha on Saturday.

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