Red Sox acquire versatile infielder in exchange with pirates

The Boston Red Sox made their first real move of the offseason on Wednesday by signing a replacement pitcher, but they weren’t done with that.

The Red Sox also secured a trade later in the day by acquiring infielder Hoy Park from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for 18-year old lefthanded pitcher Inmer Lobo. The 26-year old Park was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday.

Park played in 23 games for the Pirates last season, batting .216 (11-for-51) with two homeruns and six RBI’s. While clearly not showing the most powerful bats, Park showed his versatility as a defenseman, starting games at second base, third base, and shortstop. Park also has experience playing in the outfield, as he earned 12 starts on grass over the last two seasons.

Park made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2021 before New York handed him that year as part of a midseason trade to the Pirates for Clay Holmes.

Lobo, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound pitcher from Venezuela, pitched for the Red Sox in the Dominican Summer League and posted a 2-0 record in five starts along with an 0.82 ERA. He also struckout 28 batters in 22 innings pitched.

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