Red Sox place reliever on IL, sign former All-Star closer to minor league contract
The Red Sox added experienced pitching depth on Tuesday, signing reliever Jeurys Familia to a minor league contract. Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette was the first to report the signing.
Familia, 32, has spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with three teams, mostly with the Mets. He was an All-Star for them in 2016, leading the league with 51 saves.
The righty began this season with the Phillies, appearing in 38 games for them and recording a 6.09 ERA in 34 innings. He was DFA’ed by Philadelphia last week.
McDonald added Familia is expected to join the WooSox for their Tuesday night game in Scranton. The Red Sox may need his depth soon – the team placed closer Tanner Houck on the 15-day IL on Tuesday with lower back inflammation. For now, the team is calling up Kaleb Ort.