UPDATE (9:01 p.m.): The Red Sox officially announced the signing of Ryan Brasier to a one-year deal.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Red Sox reportedly crossed one name off of their lengthy list of players headed for arbitration by agreeing to a new contract with relief pitcher Ryan Brasier on Tuesday.
Brasier has been with the Red Sox since 2018, appearing in 134 games through four seasons with the club and posting a 3.39 ERA.
The 34-year-old was limited to just 13 games in 2021 due to a myriad of injuries and personal reasons, most notably taking a line drive to the face during a minor-league outing. But he finally returned to Boston late in the year, posting a 1.50 ERA through 12 innings before totaling four innings during the postseason.
Brasier will avoid salary arbitration this season by agreeing to the deal but is arbitration-eligible again in 2023, after which he will become a free agent. Christian Arroyo, Rafael Devers, Kevin Plawecki, Nick Pivetta, Hunter Renfroe, Josh Taylor and Alex Verdugo also are eligible for arbitration this season.