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Kevin Pillar, Red Sox agree to one-year, $4.25M contract

Kevin Pillar, Red Sox agree to one-year, $4.25M contract

Kevin Pillar is in Fort Myers and is ready to join the Boston Red Sox.

The free-agent outfielder has agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Red Sox, the team officially announced Friday.


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The 31-year-old outfielder arrived at the Red Sox spring training facility on Friday as well.

Pillar, who hit .251 with a career-high 21 home runs and 88 RBI between the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants last season, could be in Boston's Opening Day lineup, as newly-acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo reportedly may miss the start of the season due to a back injury.

Per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Verdugo's injury factored into the Red Sox' pursuit of Pillar, an excellent defender who can play all three outfield positions. Once Verdugo returns, Pillar will give Boston additional outfield depth alongside left fielder Andrew Benintendi and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox get Pillar on a relative bargain, too: The seven-year veteran made $5.6 million last season with the Giants before they opted not to tender his arbitration-eligible contract.

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the results of the league's initial round of coronavirus testing on Friday.

According to their joint statement, 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of the 3,185 total individuals tested (1.2 positivity rate). Nineteen of 30 teams had positive cases.


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While the results are promising, it's important to note there still will be significant health and safety hurdles for the league to avoid a spread when the 60-game season begins later this month. A number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, started workouts Friday at their home ballparks.

Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Friday the team has some positive COVID-19 cases. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez did not join the rest of the team for the first day of workouts as he was "around somebody who was sick" and awaiting the results of his own coronavirus test.

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Several months after the COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt on spring training, the Red Sox converged on Fenway Park for the first day of Summer Camp workouts Friday.

It's the first time since World War II that the Sox have prepared for a season in the Northeast. That's when the Sox held spring training in Medford, MA (1943), Baltimore, MD (1944), and Pleasantville, NJ (1945).

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With a stress on social distancing and safety, both the on-field workouts and Fenway Park itself look very different in 2020.

The Sox have made some physical changes to the layout of the park's facilities since there won't be fans in attendance anytime soon while media access is also extremely limited.

Click here to see how things look different at Fenway Park.