Rocco Baldelli's baseball journey has been affected by a mitochondrian disorder which has kept him to 155 games over three seasons. And now it has taken him out of Tampa Bay, and out of an organization he's been a member of for over eight seasons.
But fear not for Baldelli, because it has now taken him to Boston, where it's being reported that the Red Sox are about to sign him to a free agent deal. With Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, and J.D. Drew making up the outfield, it looks like Baldelli would be their fourth outfielder. But with Matt Joyce and Pat Burrell joining the fray for the Rays, there didn't seem to be a role even as big as that for him there, so it's off to a division rival for Rocco.
As long as his problems with fatigue remain somewhat in check (and according to the link, the tests looked good), Baldelli is an intriguing option off the bench for Boston, and could fill in as a starter if Ellsbury slumps or if Drew is injured, which some may say is inevitable. So there will be plenty of chances for Baldelli to play.
Rocco Baldelli on the Way to Boston to Join Red Sox originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:30:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.