Mike Olt, a third baseman who spent last year in the Padres’ minor league system, has announced on Instagram that he’s signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Very excited to make things official and announce that I am lucky enough to be signing with the Boston Red Soxs for 2017. Been one hell of a journey but I truly think everything happens for a reason and this will be an opportunity of a lifetime. Excited for what lies ahead!!
Although the details haven’t been laid out, it’s likely going to be a minor league deal considering he didn’t play in the big leagues last year and the Red Sox already have their corner infielders set. Not only that, but Brock Holt and Justin Rutledge are on the major league roster and serve as some depth at the hot corner.
That being said, you simply can’t ignore the fact that Pablo Sandoval is currently the starting third baseman. I bring this up because the Panda struggled mightily in 2015 and missed most of 2016 due to injury. So the Red Sox could potentially be some depth in case something happens at the MLB level.
Even with that caveat, however, I highly doubt Olt will have much of an impact if he does make it to the big leagues this year. 2014 was the only year he’s spent a significant amount of time in the bigs and he had a .160/.248/.356 batting line that year. His career batting line isn’t much better as he’s still well below the Mendoza line. He also hasn’t been tearing it up in Triple-A where he only posted a .234/.318/.429 line in 774 PAs.