The Boston Red Sox filled out the back end of their rotation by signing left-handed starter Martin Perez to a one-year, $6-million contract with a $6.25-million club option for 2021, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The 28-year-old gives the Red Sox some much-needed pitching depth after Rick Porcello left Boston to sign with the New York Mets. Perez averaged 159 innings per season over the last four years and is coming off a campaign in which he made 29 starts.
While the lefty has been able to take the mound on a consistent basis, the results have not always been great. Perez posted a 5.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 135 strikeouts in 165 1/3 innings with the Minnesota Twins last season. He owns a 5.49 ERA in 54 appearances over the last two campaigns.
|Chris Sale (L)||147.1||4.40||1.09||218|
|David Price (L)||107.1||4.28||1.31||128|
|Eduardo Rodriguez (L)||203.1||3.81||1.33||213|
|Martin Perez (L)||165.1||5.12||1.52||135|
Boston struggled with starting pitching depth in 2019. The club had 15 pitchers make at least one start, with only Eduardo Rodriguez and Porcello throwing at least 150 innings.
The team's payroll now sits around $231 million for 2020, according to Red Sox Payroll, well above the $208 million luxury-tax threshold.