Chris Sale’s velocity was low due to illness, Cora says

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Chris Sale‘s velocity was alarmingly low in his last outing. He was mostly reaching the high 80s and only occasionally touching 90 against the A’s last Wednesday and he had to reply on his breaking and offspeed stuff to get through his six innings of work. That came after getting shelled by the Mariners in his first outing of the year.

Today Alex Cora said that there is not a reason for alarm over Sale’s fastball. Why? Because he was sick:

Cora said that he had a normal side session over the weekend so he should be better positioned to throw gas against the Blue Jays this afternoon.

Guess we’ll see.

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.