On Sunday the Boston Red Sox put third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list with a calf injury and that left a hole that the team needed to fill. Boston addressed that issue on Monday by signing veteran infielder Ryan Roberts.
Roberts spent the spring with the Chicago Cubs but did not make the big league roster. Instead of heading to the minors Roberts decided to become a free agent. That move seems to have paid off as he is now in back in the show.
The man known for his plethora of tattoos spent the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays playing first, second, third and left field. Last season he hit .247 with five home runs and 17 runs batted in in 162 at bats.
The deal is for one year for $1 million, so it is a low risk venture for the Red Sox. Management is hoping that he will only be needed for a short period and Middlebrooks will be able to return in a couple of weeks.
Roberts will be with the club when they start their series with the Texas Rangers Monday night.