Boston has added some potentially interesting pitching depth, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the Red Sox have signed right-hander Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Ogando posted a 3.12 ERA in 381 innings from 2010-2013, switching back and forth between the bullpen and rotation for the Rangers while often failing to stay healthy. Last season he struggled for the first time in his career with a 6.84 ERA and was limited to 25 innings by a arm problems, so the Rangers non-tendered him rather than pay around $2.5 million via arbitration.
He figures to be strictly a reliever for the Red Sox and could emerge as a late-inning option if healthy. Ogando has a 3.25 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 138 career innings as a reliever, holding opponents to a .229 batting average.
Right-hander Scott Baker has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Baker has struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, logging a total of just 96 innings since then while posting a 5.17 ERA.
Prior to the elbow injury Baker was a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, going 55-37 with a 3.98 ERA in 821 innings from 2007-2011. However, as an extreme fly-ball pitcher he seems like a poor fit for Yankee Stadium.
Thursday the Blue Jays were said to be signing veteran reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor-league contract worth $1.7 million if he made the Opening Day roster, but now the team’s radio announcer, Mike Wilner, reports that the deal “has fallen through.”
According to Wilner the Blue Jays “won’t be signing” Belisario, who posted an ugly 5.56 ERA last season for the White Sox but was previously a solid middle reliever for the Dodgers.
Belisario, who turned 32 years old last month, has a 3.75 ERA in 331 career innings.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
Paulino was once a young power with lots of upside, but injuries have repeatedly derailed his career. He missed all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled in his comeback last season for the White Sox, logging just 18 innings.
Prior to the injuries Paulino had a mid-90s fastball and posted a 3.86 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 177 innings between 2011 and 2012, but at this point he’s just a no-risk flier.
Bryan LaHair, best known for making the All-Star team in 2012 for the Cubs as a 29-year-old career minor leaguer, has signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
LaHair struggled mightily in the second half of 2012 and then never played in the majors again, spending 2013 in Japan and last season at Double-A for the Indians.
And he really struggled last year, hitting just .223 with five homers and a .627 OPS in 111 games. LaHair looks destined to go down as one of the least successful All-Stars of all time and he figures to be little more than Triple-A depth for Pawtucket.