Red Sox moving on from Opening Day star Jose Peraza


For a brief while it appeared as though the Red Sox might have a find in Jose Peraza. But it didn't take long for the perception of the second baseman to change dramatically.

Peraza, who notched four hits on Opening Day, was one of three players outrighted off the major league roster by the Red Sox, joining outfielder Cesar Puello and pitcher Dylan Covey. Peraza and Puello have elected free agency.

The 26-year-old Peraza entered the 2020 season as the Red Sox' starting second baseman but ended up being used as a left fielder with the Sox prioritizing Christian Arroyo at second for the final month of the season.

Peraza, who had signed a one-year, $2.85 million deal with the Red Sox, finished the season hitting .225 with a .617 OPS, walking just five times in 118 plate appearances.

As for Puello, he was a late-season call-up to the major league roster, appearing in just five games. Covey pitched in eight games (all in relief), giving up 11 runs in 14 innings.

The moves leaves the Red Sox wit 31 players on their 40-man roster, although a decision is going to have to be made on the six currently on the 60-day injured list.