Ryan Shealy has inked a minor-league deal with the Red Sox, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Shealy, a first baseman, had spent the season with Triple-A Durham, a Rays affiliate. While his .238 batting average is poor, he balanced that by walking 29 times and banging 10 home runs along with 15 doubles. (.354 OBP, .512 SLG).
As Rosenthal notes , the 30-year-old could represent right-handed hitting insurance for the BoSox in the event the club cuts ties with Mike Lowell. Lowell has barely played in the last few weeks and has been buried on the bench despite his ability to start. Various teams have been in on Lowell lately, including the Angels, Rangers and Twins.
Shealy has only played first in the majors, however, and if the Red Sox move on from Lowell, they are likely to fill Lowell's spot with a middle infielder. While Bill Hall has the capabiility to play second and short, he has been utilized most in the outfield to help cover for the injuries that have decimated Boston's outfield.
Shealy has a career .271./335/.429 line in the bigs over 531 at-bats. His last major-league action came in 2008 when he was with the Kansas City Royals after being a top prospect with the Rockies.
UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal rolls out a Lowell update , saying that the BoSox are in the same stalemate with the Twins and Rangers: an unwillingness to eat the remainder of Lowell's 2010 salary, which has about $7 million yet to be paid out.
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