Barry Zito will throw for teams on Tuesday

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Scott Boras told Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM that Barry Zito is going to throw for various teams on Thursday.

Which, hey, good luck Barry.

Zito sat out all of 2014 following a 2013 season in which he was posted a 5.74 ERA and allowed opposing hitters to hit .314 off of him. In December Boras told people that Zito had worked on his mechanics. Which, OK, we’ll take his word for it.

It doesn’t take a lot to get a team to give a player a minor league deal with an invite to a camp, so sure, we may see Zito pitching in February or early March. But much beyond that would be a surprise.

 

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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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.