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Red Sox rumors: Boston pursued Matt Carpenter, who signed with Yankees and has 6 homers in first 10 games (report)

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 6/23/2022 Chris Cotillo, masslive.com

BOSTON — Before Matt Carpenter became a homer-a-day contributor for the Yankees, the Red Sox reportedly made an attempt to sign him.

Boston reached out to Carpenter before he signed with the Yankees in late May, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, who adds that the Braves were also interested in the veteran infielder after he was released from his minor league deal with Texas. The Sox’ pursuit obviously didn’t come to fruition as the former Cardinal signed a major league deal with the Yankees on May 26.

Carpenter, 36, has shined in New York, hitting six homers in his first 10 games for the Yankees. Though he only has eight hits in 10 games, he’s still hitting .333 while sporting a 1.592 OPS as a designated hitter and third baseman. He had seven RBIs in the Yankees’ rout over the Cubs on Sunday.

Carpenter bounced around the infield during his 11 years in St. Louis so the Red Sox probably liked his versatility and viewed him as an option at first base, where he is the owner of 333 career appearances (with most coming in 2017 and 2018). That position has been unsettled all season due to the struggles of Bobby Dalbec and the inconsistency of Franchy Cordero; Boston’s first left-handed first base option, Travis Shaw, didn’t even make it a month before being designated for assignment. Carpenter also would have provided depth at the other three infield positions and would have given the Sox a left-handed hitting bat off the bench.

Carpenter hit the open market after hitting .275 with six homers and a .991 OPS in 21 games for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate before being released on May 19. He signed with the Yankees a week later.

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