Mariners sign Rafael Perez

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The Mariners have signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Perez was once a mainstay in the Indians’ bullpen, posting a 3.64 ERA in 338 appearances between 2006-2012, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since. Now 32, he split last season between the Triple-A affiliates for the Pirates and Rangers and the Mexican League.

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon would prefer at least two left-handers in his bullpen. Charlie Furbush already has one spot if healthy, so Perez should compete with Lucas Luetge, Edgar Olmos and David Rollins for the other one.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.