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Red Sox Claim Taylor Motter Off Waivers From Rockies

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The Red Sox have called for an infielder Taylor motter waiver of the Rockies, according to a club announcement. Colorado nominated Motter for an assignment earlier in the week.

Motter, 31, had only a brief glimpse of the Rockies before being nominated for an assignment, dropping 3 for 20 in 13 games after selecting his Triple-A Albuquerque contract. The widely-traveled companion utility player had had a monster season in Albuquerque, where he had hit 0.335 / 0.460 / 0.759 with 24 homers, 16 doubles and a triple in just 265 home plate appearances. That kind of pop has never been there before for Motter, who started the year with 44 career AAA home runs in 1,410 home plate appearances.

The Red Sox will be the fifth major league team for Motter, a career .189 / .261 / .304 hitter in four seasons between the Rays, Mariners, Twins and Rockies. Motter spent most of his time on second and third in 2021, but he has at least 300 professional innings in every position other than receiver and pitcher.

With the Red Sox currently being overrun by a Covid-19 outbreak that has sent eight players to the Covid-19 injured list, there is ample room for them to plug Motter directly onto the MLB roster. Boston is currently without Alex Bogaerts, Enrique Hernandez, Christian Arroyo and Yairo Munoz, so it makes perfect sense to add an infielder who can play in multiple positions and was enjoying a hugely productive AAA season. Whether Motter can stay with the club once the Sox regain their full strength (or nearly so) will depend on his performance in the days to come. He would be ineligible for the playoff roster, if the Red Sox grab a spot, due to the fact that he was acquired after August 31.

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