In their search for starting pitching, the Red Sox Saturday returned to where they last left off, agreeing to a one-year deal with lefty Martin Perez with a team option for 2022.
Perez signed for a $4.5 million base salary in 2021 with another $500,000 possible in incentives plus a $6 million team option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout.
Last November, the Red Sox declined an option for 2021 for $6.85 million. Now that Perez is guaranteed $5 million, the Sox saved themselves $1.85 million in the process.
Perez was the Sox' second-best starter in an otherwise forgettable 2020 season. He was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 starts, but the ERA was inflated by a poor final outing in which he allowed six runs. Perez went into his final start of the season, a loss to Baltimore, with a 3.88 ERA. Of his 12 starts, Perez limited the opposition to three runs or fewer in eight of them and managed to give the team a chance in the vast majority of his outings.