Puello's contract was selected by the Red Sox on Saturday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Puello was part of the Red Sox's 60-man player pool for the entirety of the season, but he'll be in line to make his 2020 debut after Yairo Munoz (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. He should serve as outfield depth but could see playing time over the final week of the season as the team deals with several injuries.
Puello was added to the Red Sox's 60-man player pool. Puello, who is not on the 40-man roster, has a smattering of MLB experience, having appeared in 61 career games for the Angels, Rays and Marlins. The 29-year-old outfielder had 147 plate appearances in 2019 while playing all three outfield positions. The Red Sox are set with their top five in the outfield while Puello and John Andreoli are the primary depth options.
Puello will make his spring debut Friday, according to MLB.com. Puello missed the start of camp while finalizing a visa, but that has been cleared up and he is ready to compete for a reserve outfield spot. Puello will man right field and hit ninth in Friday's batting order.
Puello will be late arriving to spring training due to visa issues, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Puello officially signed with the Red Sox as a non-roster invitee last week, but he apparently has yet to secure a visa. It's unclear when the 28-year-old is expected to arrive, but every lost day in camp could prove significant as he attempts to secure a roster spot.
Puello signed Tuesday with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league camp. Per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Puello's contract will be worth a prorated $625,000 if he spends any time in the majors this season. The 28-year-old is capable of playing all three outfield spots, but he profiles better defensively in either corner. Puello collected 147 plate appearances between the Angels and Marlins in 2019, slashing .248/.356/.384 with nine extra-base hits and no stolen bases.
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