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Rival Snags Red Sox Utility Star for Depth Boost



The Boston Red Sox have faced a lackluster offseason following consecutive finishes at the bottom of the American League East standings. Despite the team’s disappointing performance, ownership opted not to make significant financial investments to bolster the roster. Instead, they executed a series of changes, which included the dismissal of former chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and several coaches.

In an effort to revamp the team’s depth, particularly in pitching and position player positions, the baseball operations department initiated a thorough overhaul, a process that commenced in the latter part of the previous season, with hopes of steering towards a more promising future.

Among the alterations, middle infielder Yu Chang, previously part of the Red Sox roster, has secured a minor-league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Chang’s lackluster offensive statistics last season, where he posted a batting average of .162 with minimal extra-base hits and a low OPS, contributed to his departure from the Red Sox.

The Red Sox’s middle infield situation appeared uncertain after Xander Bogaerts’ departure and Trevor Story’s offseason surgery last year, indicating a lack of planning in that area despite having ample time to address it. While Chang provided a semblance of defensive stability in the midst of the team’s struggles, his offensive contributions were notably lacking. Now, the 28-year-old infielder will return to the Rays organization, where he had a brief stint in 2022 before joining the Red Sox.

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