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Drew Smyly opts out of minor league contract with Brewers

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Pitcher Drew Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers on Thursday, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports.

Smyly, 30, put up an ugly 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings for the Rangers before being released by the Rangers in late June. He signed with the Brewers at the beginning of July. However, his struggles continued as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings with Triple-A San Antonio.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Smyly is on the Phillies’ radar. The Phillies are hurting for pitching, both in the rotation and in the bullpen. Their starters haven’t been meeting expectations while the club has suffered a litany of injuries in the bullpen as well as underperformance.

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.