As the baseball hot stove simmers this off season, most MLB teams hold off on making blockbuster moves until the Winter Meetings. This also appears to be the case for the Boston Red Sox although they did manage to re-sign closer Koji Uehara to a two year deal. Other than that for the most part, it has been real quiet — with a small exception of course.
Recently, the Red Sox did manage to re-sign a pair of minor league catchers named Matt Spring and Mike Brenly.
Spring who turned 30 on November 7th will be entering his twelfth season of professional baseball and potentially his ninth in AA if Boston assigns him to Portland.
In 43 games split between the AAA Paw Sox and AA Sea Dogs Spring hit .241/.314/.504 while smacking eight home runs. He also provided versatility splitting his playing time between catching, manning first base and DHing when called upon.
As a leader in the clubhouse, Spring brings a positive influence to his team and acts somewhat as a player-coach which seems to be why the Red Sox have kept him around since 2011.
Brenly like Spring is also a minor league veteran who lacks a game of big league experience. Brenly who recently turned 28 this past October will be entering his eighth season as a pro ball player, his second in the Red Sox organization.
Brenly hit .168/.245/.273 in 46 games for the Sea Dogs while clipping a pair of homers. Like Spring, Brenly provides versatility only Brenly provides more. Spending time catching, playing first and third base as well as left field and designated hitter, Brenly is truly a jack of all trades with a strong throwing arm. He gunned down 16 of 31 men trying to steal a base off of him while behind the dish.
Minor league depth is important which is why it was smart of Boston to sign these guys as early in the off season as they did. When a guy like Blake Swihart gets called up to the big leagues next season someone will need to step up and take his place. Luckily for Boston, they have both Spring and Brenly who can fill in at such a high level when called upon.