Nick Cafardo confirms recent rumors that the Red Sox are in the market for a left-handed bench bat, someone who can back up Kevin Youkilis at first (or, indirectly through Youkilis, back up Mike Lowell at third). We’ve noted before that Brad Wilkerson (.234/.319/.467 in 338 2007 at bats) is an interesting but expensive possibility.
- Sean Casey (.296/.353/.393 in 453 AB)
- Tony Clark (.249/.310/.511 in 221 AB)
- Doug Mientkiewicz (.277/.349/.440 in 166 AB)
- Mark Sweeney (.260/.350/.382 in 123 AB)
- Eric Hinske
(.204/.317/.398 in 186 AB)
A name not in Cafardo’s list but who was bandied in a Sunday BP column: Ryan Doumit (.274/.341/.472 in 252 AB).
And let’s not forget in-house option Brandon Moss (.282/.363/.471 in 493 AAA at bats), who has a whopping five games played at 1B in his entire professional career.
I guess they’re bench players for a reason.