Continuing their offseason pattern to date, the Red Sox continued to emphasize quantity over quality in their efforts to improve their pitching staff. The team announced it had signed free agent righty Matt Andriese to a one-year deal with a club option for 2022.
The 2021 base salary is $1.85 million, with an option worth $3.5 million for 2022 that included a $250,000 buyout, making the deal a $2.1 million guarantee for Andriese, 31.
Last season, with the Los Angeles Angels, Andriese pitched mostly in relief, going 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA over 16 appearances, all but one in relief. He did post a career- best WHIP of 1.00.
Earlier in his career, Andriese was known more as a starter, including his time with Tampa Bay (2015-2018), where he pitched for Chaim Bloom. More recently, he's been more of a swingman with both Arizona (2018-2019) and Los Angeles (2020), but has mostly pitched long relief.