Red Sox acquire utility man Hoy Park in trade with Pirates

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Red Sox acquire utility player in trade with Pirates originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The offseason fireworks have yet to arrive, but the Boston Red Sox did make a bit of noise Wednesday with a minor trade.

Boston acquired utility man Hoy Park from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitcher Inmer Lobo, per the MLB transaction wire.

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Park, 26, has played every position except first base, pitcher and catcher in his professional baseball career. Primarily a middle infielder, he slashed .216/.276/.373 with two homers and six RBI through 23 games last season in Pittsburgh. Park projects as a depth piece whose versatility can benefit Boston when injuries become a factor.

Lobo, 18, spent the 2022 season in the Dominican Summer League. The Venezuelan southpaw posted a 0.82 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with two walks and 28 strikeouts in five starts.

The Red Sox also made a move on the free-agent market on Wednesday, signing reliever Joely Rodriguez to a one-year contract.