Pillar is ostensibly the 2020 replacement for Mookie Betts after the Red Sox shipped the superstar outfielder along with David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If you compare the two directly, Pillar is a clear downgrade in terms of offense and baserunning.
But as far as defense, there are few better options in the game than Pillar to man the notoriously difficult right field at Fenway Park. That aspect of the Red Sox as a team should make for a smooth transition.
Pillar projects as a middle-third batter in the Red Sox lineup, with the potential to bat leadoff as well. In 2019, he hit a career-high 21 home runs and drove in 87 runs for the Giants. Overall, though, he produced a .261 batting average and .735 OPS. Red Sox fans, of course, will remember Pillar for his time with the Blue Jays. He’s a career .307 hitter at Fenway.