The Boston Red Sox have come to an agreement with the Colorado Rockies on a deal regarding outfielder Kevin Pillar. The agreement sends Pillar to the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later (PTBNL) and international slot money.
The Rockies are acquiring Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for a PTBNL and 2019-20 international slot money, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 31, 2020
In 2020, Pillar has played in thirty games for the Red Sox, totaling 117 at-bats, hitting .274/.325/.470 with four home runs and 13 RBI so far on the season. Pillar is a veteran outfielder who adds a great glove into the mix of outfielders the Rockies already have put together. Pillar signed with the Red Sox after being traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Toronto Blue Jays.
While this may not seem like a big trade, it says something about the Red Sox. The continued trend of PTBNL inclusion in these trade deadline deals should not shock anybody, given that players not on the 60-man Player Pool cannot be traded. The Red Sox are also looking to help their financial situation with the inclusion of international slot money.
The Red Sox operations are under the eyes of a new watchdog with the hiring of Chaim Bloom as the new General Manager, and while this trade may seem menial at first glance, it provides a bigger picture look at things. It shows how they are going to look to get the organization into better financial standing, as was evident by the trade of Mookie Betts and David Price, which became quite the blockbuster deal.