The Red Sox have had a busy day, signing Felipe Paulino and Alexi Ogando (as well as Bryan LaHair). With some arms in tow, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports now reports that they’re willing to trade reliever Edward Mujica. It’s unclear how much, if any, of Mujica’s $4.75 million salary the Red Sox might be willing to cover in a deal.
Mujica, 30, finished the 2014 season with a 3.90 ERA and a 43/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings, his first with the Red Sox. He had been coming off back-to-back seasons with an ERA below 3.00, but saw his strikeout rate (17%) dip to its lowest level since 2008 and his walk rate climb to its highest (5.5%) since ’08 as well.
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.
Peter Gammons reports that the Red Sox and Dodgers have been “aggressive” on free agent right-hander Alexi Ogando.
He’s obviously a gamble. Ogando suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow last June, ending his season. He had compiled a 6.84 ERA and a 22/15 K/BB ratio in 25 innings of relief prior to the injury. On top of that, an American League executive told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the other day that Ogando‘s medical records “don’t look great.”
So, one assumes that “aggressive” here is a relative term.