Rutledge was selected by the Red Sox with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. Boston is quite familiar with Rutledge, who elected free agency after being outrighted off the Red Sox's 40-man roster at the end of the season, and then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. After a flurry of moves Wednesday that left Boston awfully thin at the hot corner, they obviously decided Rutledge could help provide some infield depth. If he does not remain on the active roster all season he will be subjected to waivers and offered back to the Rockies.
Rutledge signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training. He returns to the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2010 draft after washing out of the Angels' and Red Sox's systems in recent years. Look for him to offer organizational infield depth for a team that has entrenched everyday options at second base, shortstop and third base heading into 2017.
Rutledge declined his outright assignment to Triple-A and will become a free agent Friday, Scott Lauber of ESPN reports. Due to a host of other options around the infield, the Red Sox decided to outright Rutledge on Thursday, although he decided he'll find more opportunities elsewhere. The 27-year-old very well could land a major league job given his defensive versatility and his serviceable .265/.345/.388 slash line he posted in 28 games with Boston last season, although his role would more likely than not be that of a reserve utility infielder.
Rutledge (knee) was activated from the disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. When healthy, Rutledge was used around the infield for the Red Sox. Although he held his own over 28 games, Rutledge's line of .265/.345/.388 wasn't deemed worthy of a spot on the club's 40-man roster.
Rutledge will have surgery on his left knee Monday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. The surgery likely ends Rutledge's season. Boston has no shortage of utility guys to draw upon if they need the skills that someone like Rutledge can provide.