Red Sox, D-backs Complete Deven Marrero Trade
Marrero has done what he was brought in to do, filling in at both second and third base for the D-backs this season. Taylor will report to Double-A Portland to begin his Red Sox career.
Red Sox acquire:
Josh Taylor, LHP
A non-drafted free agent who the Phillies signed out of Division II Georgia College & State in 2014, Taylor was a lefthander who scouts long thought might fit better as a reliever than a starter. Traded to the D-backs in 2015 in an exchange of bonus allotments, Taylor finally moved to the bullpen in 2017 and was sent back to high Class A Visalia this year after two years in Double-A. His stuff has played up out of the bullpen, as he’ll now bump 94-96 mph and he can cut and run his heater, which pairs well with a hard slider. Taylor doesn’t really have a weapon to retire righthanders (they are hitting .351/.405/.486 against him this year), but lefties don’t touch him (.143/.143/.214). He has a chance to rise as a lefty specialist.
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Deven Marrero, INF
A first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2012, Marrero is strictly a utility infielder who stays on a roster for his defensive value. He’s an above-average defender at second base and third base and he can hold down shortstop when needed. Marrero doesn’t hit for average or power—he’s a career .206 hitter with five home runs in four seasons—but he fits on a National League club as a last man on the bench type.