The Red Sox announced that infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the minors. The 25-year-old, who is out of options, was designated for assignment last week in order to create a spot on the 40-man roster for players being protected from the Rule 5 draft.
Acquired in the blockbuster August trade with the Dodgers, De Jesus Jr., who profiles as a potential big league utility player, hit .304/.343/.416/.759 in the minors this year and .220/.267/.293/.559 (including an 0-for-8 cup of coffee with the Sox in September) in the big leagues. He is currently playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
De Jesus, right-hander Sandy Rosario and right-hander David Carpenter all signed split minor-league/major-league contracts with the Sox last week. However, while De Jesus has cleared waivers and thus will remain with the Sox under the terms of that contract, it remains to be seen what happens with Carpenter and Rosario who, like De Jesus, were designated for assignment last week. The Sox have until Friday to trade, release or outright the two relievers to the minors.
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