Red Sox swing trade with Pirates for versatile Hoy Park

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A possible replacement for Xander Bogaerts? Not exactly. More along the lines of organizational depth. Still, a trade is a trade, and the Red Sox just made one with the Pirates.

According to the transaction page on MLB.com, the Sox have acquired shortstop Hoy Park from Pittsburgh in exchange for minor pitcher Inmer Lobo.

The 26-year-old Park played in 23 games for the Pirates in 2022, after seeing action in 45 big league games the year before. Last season Park - who played second base, shortstop, third base and right field for Pittsburgh - hit .216 with a .648 OPS and two home runs.

Park made his major league debut against the Red Sox on July 15, 2021 while playing for the Yankees. Eleven days later, he was dealt to Pittsburgh along with Diego Castillo for current Yankees closer Clay Holmes.

Park had been designated for assignment by the Pirates Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Lobo pitched for the Red Sox' team in the Dominican Summer League, striking out 28 in 22 innings. He was originally signed as an international free agent in January.

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