Renfroe signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Red Sox on Monday.
Renfroe reached the World Series with the Rays last season but was designated for assignment in November after posting a disappointing .156/.252/.393 slash line. How exactly he fits into Boston's outfield plans won't become entirely clear until the conclusion of the offseason, but he should at least be able to carve out a role against lefties. He's a career .258/.339/.573 hitter against southpaws, but his .216/.268/.449 career line against righties makes it tough to rely on him as an everyday option.
Renfroe cleared waivers and became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Rays last week, and he's now been fully cut loose by the team after going unclaimed on waivers. Renfroe was acquired by Tampa Bay from San Diego last offseason and struggled during the shortened campaign with a .156/.252/.393 slash line, eight homers and 22 RBI in 42 games.
Renfroe was designated for assignment Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
The Rays have the most talented 40-man roster in the American League, so Renfroe's disappointing 2020 season was enough for him to lose his roster spot. He hit .156/.252/.393 in 139 plate appearances and is starting to look like a short-side platoon bat at this point. It's possible a rebuilding team gives him a chance to re-establish himself with regular playing time in 2021.
Renfroe launched a grand slam in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blue Jays.
He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, but his lone hit off Hyun-Jin Ryu was a massive one. The Rays will face the Yankees in the AL Division Series that begins Monday,
Renfroe went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a walk and another run scored in a win over the Orioles in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Renfroe extended Tampa Bay's lead in the second half of Thursday's twin bill with a solo shot off Bruce Zimmermann in the third inning. The 28-year-old slugger has hit eight home runs and 21 RBI this season while averaging .163/.261/.442.
Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Red Sox.
Renfroe took Mike Kickham yard in the fourth inning to record his seventh home run of the season. He's had only sporadic production this season, but has homered in two consecutive contests. Overall, Renfroe has put together a disappointing .160/.234/.420 line with 20 RBI and 15 runs scored across 111 plate appearances.
Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in an extra-inning win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Renfroe's fifth-inning, 330-foot laser to right snapped a 2-2 tie at the time, and it served as his first hit since Aug. 30 and first round tripper since Aug. 25. Except for the occasional homer -- he's now up to six on the season -- the 28-year-old offseason acquisition has largely been a disappointment in his first Rays campaign, as he carries a .155/.231/.392 slash line over 108 plate appearances. Renfroe has lowered his strikeout rate from his career-high 31.2 percent figure last season in San Diego to 24.1 percent, but even that notable improvement hasn't led to much success; thanks in part to a career-low 8.3 percent line-drive rate, the outfielder is saddled with an absurd .136 BABIP.
Renfroe went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Renfroe's two-bagger, his fourth of August, gave the slugger a brief reprieve from the 2-for-25 skid he came into the game with. The veteran outfielder had entered the season with plenty of optimism regarding his ability to bounce back from an anemic .216 average and .289 on-base percentage last season in San Diego, but Renfroe is slashing .165/.234/.400 over his first 94 plate appearances of 2020. His 10 extra-base hits (five doubles, five home runs) and 18 RBI have given his fantasy managers occasional hope, but Renfroe's unusually low .153 BABIP is certainly playing a role in his struggles.
Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Orioles.
He went back-to-back with Manuel Margot in the second inning, giving Tyler Glasnow and the Tampa bullpen all the offense they would need on the night. Renfroe hadn't reached the seats since he launched a pair against the Red Sox on Aug. 13, and he's gone just 2-for-21 in the six games since. Brandon Lowe has taken over the bulk of the work in right field, leaving the struggling Renfroe on the short side of a platoon. On the season, the 28-year-old is slashing .171/.247/.421 with five homers and 17 RBI.
Renfroe is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Brandon Lowe will draw the start in right field for the second straight game in which the Rays have faced a right-handed starting pitcher, suggesting that the struggling Renfroe may be fading into a short-side platoon role. Renfroe has gone 1-for-17 over his last last five starts to drop his season-long slash line to a lowly .167/.247/.389 across 81 plate appearances.
Renfroe is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Renfroe started in the Rays' previous three games and went hitless over 10 at-bats, dropping his season average to .167. The 28-year-old's slugging percentage is also down 100 points from 2019, potentially putting him at risk of settling into more of a part-time role rather than the larger side of a platoon. Brandon Lowe will spell Renfroe in right field Sunday, but Manuel Margot is probably the greatest threat to poach playing time from Renfroe.
Renfroe isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
Renfroe will take a seat for the third time in the past four games as he's slashing .194/.282/.452 with four home runs and 15 RBI to begin the season. Manuel Margot will start in right field.
Renfroe is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
The Rays will trot out seven left-handed hitters against righty Masahiro Tanaka. Brandon Lowe will move out to take Renfroe's usual spot in right field, with Joey Wendle starting at second base.
Renfroe isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Renfroe went 0-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout in Friday's series opener, and he'll play a bench role Saturday. Manuel Margot will start in right field, batting eighth.
Renfroe went 3-for-6 with two home runs, a double, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Red Sox.
Renfroe was a big part of the Rays' offensive onslaught against the Red Sox, contributing his third and fourth home runs of the season. The first was a two-run shot in the third inning, followed by a solo long ball in the sixth frame. Prior to this effort, Renfroe had gone 12 games without a homer, recording just three extra-base hits in the at span. Overall, he's hitting just .200/.302/.491 across 63 plate appearances.
Renfroe is not starting Wednesday against the Red Sox, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Brandon Lowe is covering right field in place of Renfroe on Wednesday, with Joey Wendle starting at the keystone. Through 16 games this season, Renfroe is 8-for-49 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
Renfroe isn't in the lineup Monday against the Red Sox.
Renfroe went hitless over the past three games with one run, three walks and three strikeouts. With the 28-year-old sitting for the second time in the past five games, Manuel Margot will start in right field and bat seventh.
Renfroe isn't in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Renfroe crossed the plate once in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, but he'll take a seat for the second contest. Austin Meadows will shift to right field with Jose Martinez entering the lineup as the designated hitter.
Renfroe is out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Renfroe started the past 10 games but will head to the bench after going 7-for-34 with two home runs, two doubles and nine RBI during that stretch. Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe will start in the corner outfield spots Friday for Tampa Bay.
Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in a win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Renfroe's .189/.231/.405 season line continues to leave plenty to be desired, but the big outfielder is still tiding fantasy managers over with some very timely hits. Renfroe was at it again Tuesday, as his two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning erased an early 1-0 deficit. The 28-year-old's nine RBI are a co-team-high figure alongside Brandon Lowe's tally, and he's now hitting .400 (4-for-10) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI with runners in scoring position.
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|09/13||vs BOS||L 3-6||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|09/10||vs BOS||L 3-4||3||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|08/13||@ BOS||W 17-8||6||3||3||2||3||0||0|
|08/12||@ BOS||W 9-5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/11||@ BOS||W 8-2||5||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|08/05||vs BOS||L 0-5||1||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|08/04||vs BOS||W 5-1||4||0||1||0||2||0||0|
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|2013||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||18||66||6||14||5||0||2||7||4||23||0||0||.212||.268||.379|
|2014||AA-San Antonio Missions||60||224||17||52||12||0||5||23||25||53||2||1||.232||.307||.353|
|2014||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||69||278||46||82||21||3||16||52||28||81||9||3||.295||.370||.565|
|2015||AA-San Antonio Missions||112||421||50||109||22||3||14||54||33||112||4||1||.259||.313||.425|
|2015||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||21||90||15||30||5||2||6||24||4||20||1||0||.333||.358||.633|
|2017||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||14||55||18||28||7||1||4||18||6||7||1||0||.509||.557||.891|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||10||41||6||9||1||0||2||4||2||10||0||0||.220||.256||.390|