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Report: Red Sox sign Twins LHP Martin Perez

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At a time when there are rumors of the Red Sox intensifying trade talks involving David Price, the team moved Thursday night to line up some back-end starters.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $6-million deal for Martin Perez, with a club option for $6.25 million in 2021.

Perez, 28, pitched for Minnesota last season and was 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 32 games — all but three of them starts. Previously, he had spent parts of seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, for whom he was 53-56 with a 5.17 ERA.

Perez has a history of giving up a lot of hits (10.1 per nine innings over his career) and that was the case again in 2019, allowing 184 in 165.1 innings. His WHIP (1.518) and his FIP was 4.66.

But beyond those numbers, the Red Sox may have been attracted to the fact that