WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that reliever Craig Breslow has signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Red Sox.
Breslow, 34, spent the last two and a half seasons with the Red Sox. Though effective in the latter half of 2012 and the entire 2013 season in Boston, the lefty struggled this past season, finishing with a 5.96 ERA and a 37/28 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings. His fastball lost 1.5 MPH on average compared to the previous season, his control went haywire, and he was more homer-prone.
Relief pitching has always been a volatile stock, so the Red Sox are betting on a bounce-back year from Breslow.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.