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Red Sox expected to sign outfielder Kevin Pillar to one-year contract

Kevin Pillar was traded from the Blue Jays to the Giants early in the 2019 season.Kelvin Kuo/AP/FR170752 AP via AP

USA Today reported that the Red Sox had agreed to a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Kevin Pillar. The contract is still being finalized, but the expectation is that Pillar will be on the team for the first full-squad workout Monday.

Pillar, a righthanded hitter, would give the Sox some balance in their otherwise lefthanded-hitting outfield. He’s also a strong defender.

Pillar, 31, spent most of 2019 with the San Francisco Giants after being traded by the Toronto Blue Jays early in the season. He became a free agent at the end of the year.


Pillar will add to the Red Sox outfield depth, joining Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez, Marcus Wilson, and new addition Alex Verdugo.

Pillar hit .278 with an .823 OPS and 21 extra-base hits in 162 at-bats against lefthanded pitchers last season. He is a career .307 hitter in 47 games at Fenway Park.

Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.