Pillar is batting .355/.394/.484 with four doubles and two RBI over 12 spring appearances.
Pillar joined the Red Sox during the second week of spring training and was immediately penciled in as a reliable backup at all three outfield spots. When news broke that Alex Verdugo, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, may not be ready for the start of the season due to a stress fracture in his back, Pillar was presumed to be the logical fill-in starter in right field. Recent events leading MLB to push out Opening Day two weeks might give Verdugo enough time to be ready. In that event, Pillar goes back to being a backup and possible fill-in for center fielder Jackie Bradley, who has a history over extended batting slumps.
Pillar agreed Wednesday with the Red Sox on a one-year contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Pillar likely profiles as Boston's fourth outfielder when the team is at full strength, but the shaky health of the newly acquired Alex Verdugo (oblique) could allow the 31-year-old to emerge as an Opening Day starter. While splitting time between the Blue Jays and Giants in 2019, Pillar posted a career-high .719 OPS to go with 21 home runs and 14 stolen bases, so he could have some appeal in mixed leagues if he ends up finding consistent playing time in a Red Sox lineup that still looks strong even with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts no longer in the picture.
Pillar is close to a deal with the Red Sox, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Pillar would help the Red Sox by giving them a right-handed hitting outfielder with premium defense, qualities that could help alleviate the loss of Mookie Betts.
Pillar was non-tendered by the Giants on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
In a surprising move by the Giants, Pillar will become a free agent after being non-tendered. He put together a .259/.287/.432 slash line with 21 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 161 games in 2019 and figures to draw plenty of interest on the open market.
Pillar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
After starting each of the Giants' last 11 games, Pillar will be rewarded with a well-deserved breather as the team closes out its season. Though he's valued primarily for his aptitude with the glove, Pillar will wrap up his 2019 campaign with a career-high .720 OPS, buoyed by 21 home runs and 61 extra-base knocks in total.
Pillar went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 9-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Pillar provided about as robust of a stat line as a player could without registering a hit. The 30-year-old has put together his most complete fantasy season (.259 with 21 homers, 88 RBI, 83 runs and 14 steals) despite moving from a neutral home ballpark in Toronto to cavernous Oracle Park. Pillar will look to finish the regular season on a high note against a pair of scheduled southpaws this weekend (.831 OPS versus lefties in 2019).
Pillar went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and two runs Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Pillar was productive early and often Wednesday, recording his RBI in the first inning prior to swiping his 12th base of the season two frames later. Though he has at least one hit in seven of his last eight starts, Pillar had managed only one RBI and three runs scored in that span prior to Wednesday's performance. Overall, he's hitting .261/.287/.441 in 603 plate appearances on the season.
Pillar is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Pillar will receive a breather after starting the last 38 games, a stretch in which he slashed .313/.338/.511 with eight home runs, 23 runs scored and 23 RBI. Joey Rickard, Mike Yastrzemski and Mike Gerber will start from left to right in the outfield Sunday.
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 5-4 win over the Dodgers.
Pillar was moved up to third in the batting order for just the fifth time this season (all against southpaws). The 30-year-old is slashing a healthy .303/.331/.577 against southpaws this year, so it is a bit surprising that we are only seeing the outfielder in the heart of the order this late in the year. Manager Bruce Bochy's loyalty to his long-time veterans likely plays a role, but whatever the case, Pillar hitting higher in the order against left-handed starters will allow him to build on an already career-high 79 RBI.
Pillar went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Pillar took Giovanny Gallegos deep in the eighth inning to record his 21st home run of the season. It was his second long ball in his past four games and fourth multi-hit effort in his past 11 starts. Pillar has quietly put together a solid campaign, as he now has 79 RBI, 73 runs scored and 11 stolen bases across 139 games.
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Padres.
Pillar's first-inning blast was his 20th of the season, the first 20-homer season of his career. He has seven homers and 19 RBI since the start of August, raising his OPS from .689 to a career-high .742 during that span.
Pillar went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 6-4 loss to Arizona.
Pillar's torrid month of August continued Monday when he smacked his 16th extra-base hit over 22 games this month. The 30-year-old has already set career highs with 19 homers and 73 RBI this season, and his current .454 slugging percentage would also be the highest mark of his eight-year career. Pillar's increase in power -- coupled with his modest speed -- has made him a relevant fantasy outfielder in almost all formats.
Pillar went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a stolen base in Saturday's 10-5 win over the Athletics.
Pillar got his steal in the second inning after reaching on an error. He then hit the go-ahead double in the eighth inning as part of an eight-run rally. Pillar is up to 11 steals, 71 RBI and 68 runs scored in 124 games with the Giants this year.
Pillar went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 12-11 loss to the Cubs.
Pillar launched a homer in the sixth inning off Yu Darvish, bringing his career-best season total to 19. Meanwhile, the veteran outfielder is slashing .267/.297/.467 with 69 RBI and 67 runs scored.
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
Like so many other players this season, Pillar is enjoying a career-best performance in homers, slugging 18 through 126 games so far. His .740 OPS is only marginally higher than his previous best (.713 in 2015) however, in large part due to a career-worst 2.8 percent walk rate, which has led to a miserable .290 OBP.
Pillar went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI in Saturday's 11-6 win over the Diamondbacks.
Pillar had a double and four singles, the last of which was a run-scoring knock in the eighth inning to plate Evan Longoria. He's had a hot bat lately, hitting .453 (24-for-53) with four homers, 14 runs scored and 11 RBI in 16 games this month. The center fielder is hitting .271/.301/.463 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and 65 runs scored in 119 games with the Giants since an early-season trade from the Blue Jays.
Pillar went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI and a walk in Friday's 10-9 win over the Diamondbacks.
The 30-year-old swung at the first pitch he saw from Mike Leake in the fourth inning and launched a two-run home run to extend the Giants' lead to 4-1. He walked and scored again in the eighth, then cranked another two-run shot in the 10th to put the Giants ahead, 9-7. Pillar now leads San Francisco in both home runs (17) and RBI (66) this year while batting .262/.293/.455.
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
Pillar's hot streak continues, as Tuesday marked his third straight multi-hit game with an extra-base hit. The 30-year-old was caught stealing for the fourth time this year, but his 10 swipes complement his 15 homers well for 12-team and deeper formats.
Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over Philadelphia.
Pillar has been on an absolute tear over his last 10 starts, slashing .361/.378/.722 with three home runs and two steals over that span. The 30-year-old is just one long ball away from tying his career-best mark of 16, and he has a realistic shot at reaching the 20-homer plateau (to go along with double-digit steals) with 44 games left this season.
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
Pillar put the Giants on the board with a two-out solo homer off Drew Smyly in the second inning. The 30-year-old is batting .245/.272/.411 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 58 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
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