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.
SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.
Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.
Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.
His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.