By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox added another arm to their 2021 staff Wednesday, as they agreed to terms with pitcher Matt Andriese on one-year deal. The deal is worth a guaranteed $2.1 million in 2021, and comes with a club option for 2022.
A 31-year-old righty, Andriese made 16 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels this past season, with a 2-4 record to go with a 4.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over that 32-inning sample. Andriese’s solid season was capped by a strong finish, too, as he allowed just two runs in 12.1 innings of work over eight appearances and held betters to a measly 3-for-40 line at the plate (a .075 average).
Andriese also held opponents to a .184 batting average on the year, which was a single-season best in his six-year MLB career.
Prior to his 2020 with the Angels, Andriese spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays.
Bloom’s interest in and familiarity with Andrise certainly comes back to that tenure with Tampa, as Andriese was a Ray from 2015 through 2018, and set career-highs in wins (eight), starts (19), innings (127.2), and strikeouts (109) in his 2016 season with Tampa Bay.
Overall, Andriese has compiled a 26-34 record with seven saves and 13 holds in 460.2 innings of work over 183 appearances.
In other roster maneuvering news, the Red Sox lost catcher Deivy Grullon to the Cincinnati Reds via waivers. The Red Sox acquired Grullon from Philly via waivers this past September, and he went 1-for-3 in his lone 2020 appearance for Boston.