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.