Red Sox Sign Matt Andriese

14:07: Andriese is guaranteed $ 1.85MM in 2021 plus at least a $ 250K buyout on a $ 3.5MM option in the 2022 season, tweets Alex Speier from the Boston Globe. He can earn up to $ 500,000 incentives each season if he tops 150 innings, and his salary in 2022 will increase by $ 1MM if he hits that mark in 2021.

13:04: The Red Sox have agreed terms on a right-handed contract Matt Andriese, pr. a club announcement. The Beverly Hills Sports Council client receives a one-year Major League deal with a club option for the 2022 season. He guarantees $ 2.1MM on the contract and can earn up to $ 7.35MM if the 2022 option is exercised per season. MLB Networks Jon Heyman (Twitter links).

Matt Andriese |  Angels Baseball / Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

The signing reunites the 31-year-old right with Red Sox baseball manager Chaim Bloom, who played a hand in the Rays’ 2014 acquisition of Andriese in a trade with the Padres. Andriese wanted to continue his MLB debut as a ray in 2015, and in parts of four seasons in Tampa Bay, he worked to a 4.30 ERA and 4.13 FIP with 7.8 K / 9, 2.4 BB / 9, 1.27 HR / 9 and a 45 , 6 percent spherical velocity on the ground.

Traded from Tampa Bay to Arizona before the 2018 deadline, however, Andriese has struggled to gain a foothold. He had been a swingman with the Rays and worked both as a traditional starter and multi-inning reliever, but the D-backs moved him into a full-time assist role with no results. It was a similar story last season in Anaheim after the Diamondbacks traded Andriese to the Angels.

In 121 2/3 innings since being traded by the Rays, Andriese owns a 5.53 ERA, albeit with a much better 3.95 xFIP. He has seen his exhaust rate (9.6 K / 9) improve significantly at the time, and Andriese still holds above average on both his four-seater and his basket ball, which may have been appealing to the Red Sox.

Andriese is able to work out of the ‘pen or in rotation, which is the key to the Sox with so many questions about the health of their starters. Chris Sale is under repair from Tommy John surgery while Nathan Eovaldi has a long injury history and Eduardo Rodriguez missed the whole of 2020 after a battle with Covid-19 and a subsequent diagnosis of myocarditis.