It’s been quite the off-season so far in the land of the MLB. Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Nationals. Gerrit Cole is going to the Yankees. But one team we haven’t heard about is our beloved Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have quite the off-season on their hands. They kept J.D. Martinez for 2020 which is a great sign. Then of course, there is the Mookie Betts drama that we all want to see the conclusion to very soon. However yesterday, there were some moves that actually had the Red Sox involved! What were they, you may ask? Let’s break down the latest Red Sox off-season transactions.
Rick Porcello Goes To The Mets
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2019
The “Pretty Ricky” era is officially over in Boston. Rick Porcello signed with the Mets yesterday on a one year, 10 million dollar contract. It seemed like this was bound to happen. His time in Boston had run out. He originally is from New Jersey, so it’s a great fit. Porcello’s time in Boston will be considered a success with a CY Young award in 2016 and the World Series title in 2018. He was a steady starter in each of his five seasons in Boston. So good luck to Rick Porcello in New York and thanks for the good times and bad!
Red Sox Sign Jose Peraza
Red Sox agree to deal with free agent infielder Jose Peraza. Close to 3M and incentives. @ByRobertMurray 1st with agreement
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2019
The Red Sox signed utility infielder Jose Peraza yesterday to a three million dollar deal. With the Reds last year, Peraza was a .239 hitter with six homeruns and 33 RBI’s. He also had a .631 OPS. With this move, it seems more than likely that Brock Holt is gone. It doesn’t look like much of a signing on the surface. But, we’ll have to see more of Peraza once Spring Training comes along.
Red Sox Also Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Martin Perez
Free-agent left-hander Martin Perez in agreement with #RedSox on one-year contract with club option for 2021, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2019
This signing was a bit puzzling. Perez had an ERA of 5.12 with the Twins last season. Now obviously, Perez will be a five starter. But, this is not the type of signing you make if you want to seriously compete in the A.L. East. He is dependable as he made 32 starts last season. I don’t know what the Red Sox are thinking with this signing. Maybe Perez will surprise a lot of people, but that remains to be seen.
Small moves for the Red Sox are taking place. It doesn’t look like the Red Sox will be making a big splash like in year’s past. This is the reality we have to live with, Red Sox fans. It might be a bridge year. We might lose Mookie. Hopefully, we’re proven wrong with the rest of the off-season unfolding.
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