The Boston Red Sox have finally advanced out of the ‘interest’ stage, and are set to make their first move of the offseason, with the team reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with starter Michael Wacha, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
A 30-year-old righty, Wacha spent the 2021 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, and posted a 3-5 record with a 5.05 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 124.2 innings over 29 appearances (23 starts).
The 6-foot-6 Wacha also finished with 121 strikeouts for the Rays, which were his most since 2017, and the third-highest single-season total of his nine-year MLB career.
Prior to joining the Rays, Wacha spent the 2020 season with the Mets and was with the Cardinals from 2013 through 2019, and won a career-high 17 games with the Cards in 2015.
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