The Boston Red Sox have appeared to signed outfielder Mike Olt to a unknown deal for the 2017 season, according to his Instagram page. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe posted the video and broke the news earlier this morning.
It is unclear what deal Olt has signed with the club, but it is more likely than not to be a minor league deal that includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training, which starts next week. That is pure speculation, however.
A first round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2010, Olt has played with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, but has disappointed throughout his career. Olt's career slash line is a measly .168/.250/.330 and he has only 16 home runs and 43 runs batted in to his name so far. In 2016, Olt played in the San Diego Padres organization, mainly with Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. Olt slashed .253/.369/.398 between the two clubs, while hitting 5 home runs and driving in 25 runners.
Olt is not expected to make the big league roster, if he has indeed signed a minors pact, and will more than likely preside with Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the 2017 season. The signing is more of a depth move in case Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Andrew Benintendi hit trouble or become injured during the season.