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Jun 30, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley (52) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The Red Sox added some much needed pitching help late Friday afternoon, signing 30-year-old free agent Zack Godley to a minor league deal. MassLive’s Chris Cotillo originally reported on Tuesday that the sides were close to an agreement.

A later statement from the Red Sox announced the right-hander has been added to the club’s 60-man player pool as a non-roster invitee.

In yet another example of how weird professional sports has been during the times of COVID-19, Godley’s contract includes an opt-out one week into the season.

Godley was released by the Tigers earlier this week. He originally signed with Detroit as a free agent back in December, and had been released and re-signed to a minor league deal since.

Jul 10, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, United States; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Zack Godley (60) pitches during a summer camp intrasquad game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

A 2013 10th-round pick, the Tennessee product started 57 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks between 2017 and 2018. In that span, he went 23-20 with a 4.10 ERA.

2019 saw him move to a bullpen role before being designated for assignment in early August. Godley was claimed on waivers by Toronto, where he appeared in six games, all in relief.

With Chris Sale recovering from Tommy John and Eduardo Rodriguez currently dealing with the Coronavirus, Godley gives the Red Sox another starting option alongside Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, and Ryan Weber.

The Red Sox return to action when they host the Baltimore Orioles next Friday.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at