The Boston Red Sox are interested in adding utility infielder Trevor Plouffe, says Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald. The move seems like a logical one, as Plouffe would platoon with Mitch Moreland at first, and Pablo Sandoval at third. Drellich also stated in his article that the Red Sox are waiting for Plouffe's price to drop down to the $2-3 million dollar range, and that no movement on a contract is expected until 2017 rolls around.
Plouffe played in 84 games in 2016, but still hit 12 home runs with the Twins, posting a .260 batting average in the process. He played 152 games for the Twins in 2015, where he hit 22 home runs, 16 of them coming off of right handed pitchers. Since 2014, Plouffe has hit .259 off of left-handed pitching, and .250 right-handed pitching, as well as hitting 36 home runs off of right-handed pitchers.
Signing Plouffe would benefit the Red Sox in 2017, as Mitch Moreland is a left-handed hitter and Pablo Sandoval, a switch-hitter, is more successful when hitting from the left handed side of the plate (stat inherited from Evan Drellich).
The Twins outrighted Trevor Plouffe in November after a 12-year tenure with the organization, with Derek Falvey and Thad Levine trying to rebuild the Twins organization. There wasn't much room for Plouffe in Minnesota after the emergence of Miguel Sano in 2015. Plouffe didn't become a regular in the Twins lineup until his age-26 season in 2012, one of his best seasons in the majors. Plouffe came up a shortstop, but struggled there in 55 career games at the position.
The Red Sox are giving Sandoval another chance at third base, and if all fails, Trevor Plouffe seems to be a backup option for the Red Sox. If a deal doesn't get done between the two clubs, there are many other teams out there that could use Plouffe as a platoon first baseman/third baseman, including the Marlins, Brewers and the Braves.