The Red Sox announced that they traded an outfielder/outfielder Hoy Park to the brave. In return, they would receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Park was set for assignment earlier this week.
Park, April 27, has been swinging around the league for the past two seasons. Originally a Yankee farmer, he’s getting off to a solid start in 2021. In 48 Triple-A games, he hit .327/.475/.567 for wRC+ of 180. On the heels of that hot stretch, he went to Pittsburgh in the trade that sent Clay Holmes for the Yankees.
Unfortunately, his performance since that deal has made this hot streak look like a mirage. 195/.297/.336 in 45 games with the Pirates after the deal. In 2022, he spent most of his time at Triple-A, pitching in 89 games and batting just .225/.332/.354 for wRC+86. He also pitched in 23 big league games but hit a meager .216/.276/.373, 79 wRC+.
The Pirates designated him for assignment in November and then moved him to the Red Sox for a prospect Enmir Lobo, only for Boston to send him back to DFA limbo again a few weeks later. Despite a lackluster offense over the past season and a half, Park continues to garner attention for his defensive versatility and speed. He regularly posts double-digit steal totals and can play all three outfield slots as well as the remaining three positions from first base. If his batter can take a small step forward to become a middle, he could be a valuable contributor.
For the Braves, they have most of their land Matt OlsonAnd the Ozzie Albies And the Austin Riley in the place. Shortstop is still a question mark with Dansby Swanson Having made it to free agency and still on the open market. If he ends up signing elsewhere, it seems the plan will be to hook up von Grissom there. Abroad , Michael Harris second f Ronald Acuña Jr Two points have been awarded Marcel OzunaAnd the Eddie Rosario And the Sam Hilliard candidates for another. Park still has two options remaining, which would allow the club to keep him in the minors as deep as he can be brought up as needed. But he can also compete for the bench/utility role with the likes Orlando ArciaAnd the Braden Chiomaki And the Eire Adrianza.