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Red Sox have some good NRIs

January 04, 2019

Red Sox have some good NRIs

The Boston Red Sox offseason got a little more interesting on Thursday when they announced a handful of non-roster invitees they signed who will show up to spring training this season. Here's a look at who made the cut.
Carson Smith -- He got hurt and missed the entire last season because he threw his glove in a hissy fit. 2.21 ERA in 108 career MLB outings, but super injury prone.

Juan Centeno -- The catcher is a .227 hitter with a .609 OPS in 111 big league games over the past six seasons.

Oscar Hernandez -- He is only 25 and experience in the Red Sox organization and caught 22 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks between 2015-2016.

Gorkys Hernandez -- The outfielder hit .234, smacked a career-high 15 home runs and posted a .676 OPS for the San Francisco Giants last season. Not the worst depth option at all.

Tony Renda -- He played a game for the Red Sox last season and was decent for the PawSox in 42 games (.288 average, .719 OPS, plays second base and the outfield).

Zach Putnam -- The right-handed reliever missed all of last season with an injury but has a career 3.20 ERA in 145 big league outings.

Erasmo Ramirez -- Yes. The former Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners pitcher. He is coming off a down year (2-4, 6.50 ERA in 10 starts), but had a career 4.20 ERA from 2012-2017, so there could be something here.

Josh A. Smith -- Smith is 5-8 with a 5.30 ERA in 67 games (9 starts) over parts of three MLB seasons.

Domingo Tapia -- Tapia, 27, had a 3.43 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 63 innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats last season.

Ryan Weber -- The 28-year-old righty has a 5.01 ERA in 24 MLB outings (eight starts) over four seasons.


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