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Oct 3, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Michael Wacha (52) pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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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