Red Sox, Rick Porcello avoid arbitration with one-year, $12.5 million deal

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According to Mike Perchick of WAPT, the Red Sox and right-hander Rick Porcello have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12.5 million contract.

Porcello was acquired from the Tigers in December for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The 26-year-old earned $8.5 million last season while posting a career-best 3.43 ERA and 15 wins to go along with a 129/41 K/BB ratio over a career-high 204 2/3 innings.

Because Porcello was a Super Two player, he was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time this winter. He’s currently due to hit free agency after the 2015 season.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.