Boston Red Sox

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 04: Abraham Almonte #34 of the Atlanta Braves makes a base hit in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Truist Park on July 4, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Edward M. Pio Roda/Getty Images)

The Red Sox have made their first move of the trade deadline season. On Monday, the team acquired veteran outfielder Abraham Almonte from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.

Almonte, 33, has played nine major league seasons with six organizations. He spent the 2021 season with the Atlanta Braves, where he slashed .216/.331/.399 in 64 games. This spring, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and has spent the season at Triple-A, where he slashed .294/.380/.533 for the Nashville Sounds.

Defensively, Almonte has spent significant time at all three outfield positions in the minor leagues. That experience should give the Red Sox some flexibility when it comes to putting together their lineup, especially as Kiké Hernández continues to miss time with a hip injury. This move could also help facilitate a potential deal involving Rob Refsnyder if the Red Sox decide they want to sell at the deadline.

That ultimately is the biggest question facing the Red Sox right now – will they be buyers or sellers at the deadline? They still have a couple of weeks until they have to make that decision, with this year’s deadline on August 2.