Martin Perez Joins Red Sox In Free Agency, Expected To Bolster Rotation


Martin Perez is the latest addition to the Boston Red Sox’s band of brothers.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom announced Thursday in a statement the team has acquired the left-handed starting pitcher, who signed a a one-year contract which contains a club option for the 2021 season.

Perez, 28, joins the Red Sox as a free agent. He spent the 2019 season with the Minnesota Twins, with whom he went 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA. He made 32 appearances (29 starts) and pitched 165 1/3 innings in his only season in Minnesota.

The Texas Rangers originally signed Perez and developed him in his farm system. He pitched for the Rangers between 2012 and 2018, forging a reputation as an innings-eater once he overcame injuries.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month the Red Sox will pay Perez $6 million in 2020 and $6.25 million the next season if they pick up his option.

Perez is expected to compete for a spot in Boston’s starting rotation.

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