The Boston Red Sox were busy in the days leading up to Thanksgiving this week. Not only did they make their first free-agent signing of the offseason, but they also completed a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Red Sox Trade
Boston acquired utilityman Hoy Park from Pittsburgh in exchange for minor league pitcher Inmer Lobo.
Park, 26, debuted with the New York Yankees in 2021, appearing in just one game for New York before being traded to the Pirates along with Diego Castillo in exchange for Clay Holmes. He played sparingly in Pittsburgh as well, appearing in 68 games and slashing .201/.291/.346 with 5 home runs and 20 RBIs across 2021 and 2022 combined.
Perhaps a move to the hitting-friendly Fenway Park will help rejuvenate his bat. He also provides depth and versatility given his ability to play both the infield and outfield.
As for the Pirates, they're essentially getting a lottery ticket in the 18-year-old Lobo. The young left-hander recently got his first taste of professional ball by making five starts for the Red Sox Blue in the Dominican Summer League, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 22 innings.
With Boston looking to contend in 2023 and Pittsburgh still in the middle of rebuild, this trade fits the strategies of both clubs and looks like a potential win for both sides.