H/T to MLBTR. According to the Boston Herald, the Boston Red Sox have signed Mark Kotsay to a one year, $1.5 million dollar deal plus incentives. Kotsay, who finished last season with the club but left as a free agent, was unable to find a starting job so decided to return to Boston. he will back-up Kevin Youkilis at first base, and also play the position when Youkilis relieves Mike Lowell. Kotsay is also insurance should recently signed fourth-outfielder Rocco Baldelli struggle with fatgiue or injuries this season.

I will write up a more indepth analysis this weekend, but not even Sean O can look at this as a negative signing right? Stepping out of professional character here, I never thought in a million years the Red Sox would be able to sign Baldelli and Kotsay for backup roles. With Julio Lugo, Mark Kotsay, Rocco Baldelli, Jeff Bailey, etc on the bench and Brad Penny, John Smoltz, Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, etc filling the backend of the rotation and/or long relief in the bullpen, this team has to be one of the most complete teams in Boston history. On paper, that is, which of course means nothing, just ask the 2007 Detroit Tigers.