Looks like that rumored middle infielder was Yu Chang.
I wonder if he will beat out Niko Goodrum
for the futility infielder spot?
Goodrum hits poorly from both sides, while Chang only hits poorly from the right side. Is that an advantage for Yu or a disadvantage?
Goodrum hit .116 in 15 games last year while getting a World Series ring with the Astros. Chang hit .150 in 11 games with the Red Sox, so he has an edge with his experience of already sucking in Boston.
Chang also pitched 2 innings with a 13.50 ERA (but only a 9.61 FIP) last year, so he can suck in a totally different way that Goodrum can't. But they changed the rules to crack down on position player pitchers, so that probably won't be the difference maker.
While Chang was bad in his small sample size in Boston last year, he had a 101 OPS+ in 36 games before he got here-- the only time he's come close to being an average bat. Of course that was when he was with Tampa. That's what they do.
This is a close one, but Chang got a major league deal while Goodrum did not, so it's likely that Chang will make the team coming out of spring training. But Niko will be ready whenever we need a guy who can cover multiple positions while hitting under .200.