Jose Canseco and Fenway Park appear to be made for each other. Now, the slugger and the ballpark will be united.
Canseco, a right-handed power hitter, was acquired by Boston from the Texas Rangers on Friday for center fielder Otis Nixon and minor league third baseman Luis Ortiz.Should the baseball strike be settled, Canseco will be taking aim in April at Fenway's "Green Monster," the 37-foot-high wall 315 feet down the left-field line.
In June, Canseco showed how he could tame the monster. He blasted four home runs, three doubles and 10 RBIs in a three-game series between the Rangers and the Red Sox.
Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy, who coached Canseco in Texas before he joined the Red Sox in October, said he plans to use the right-handed power hitter as a designated hitter, although he will be available as an outfielder.
Nixon, 36 next month, said he feels like he still has considerable mileage left in his legs, noting he had 42 stolen bases in 103 games of the strike-shortened season.
He was on pace to break Boston's record of 54 steals set by Tommy Harper before the work stoppage.