Former Boston Red Sox Tzu-Wei Lin signs with Twins; Sam Travis joins Mariners

Former Boston Red Sox utility player Tzu-Wei Lin has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. Sam Travis also signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Lin was on Boston’s 40-man roster during the 2020 season. The Red Sox outrighted him Oct. 26 and he elected free agency Nov. 2.

The 26-year-old Lin played every position, except for first base, for Boston from 2017-20. He even pitched and played two-thirds of an inning at catcher this past season.

The Taiwan native batted .223 with a .298 on-base percentage, .316 slugging percentage, .614 OPS, nine doubles, three triples, one home run and 12 RBIs in 101 games (218 plate appearances) from 2017-18. He slashed .256/.348/.380/.728 in his first two seasons with Boston but he then struggled the past two years. He appeared in 26 games and batted .154 in ‘20.

Travis, a 2014 Red Sox second-round draft pick, appeared in 111 games for Boston from 2017-19. He batted .230 with a .288 on-base percentage, .371 slugging percentage, .659 OPS, seven home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 24 RBIs in 278 plate appearances. He made starts at first base and left field.

Boston traded Travis to the Texas Rangers on Jan. 15, 2020, for pitcher Jeffrey Springs. He did not play for Texas in 2020.

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