Alexi Ogando has agreed to a major league deal with the Red Sox for 1.5 million (plus incentives) over one year per reports from Ken Rosenthal. Ogando is a 31 year old pitcher who has started and pitched out of the bullpen in his career. He has a career ERA of 3.35 to go along with a career record of 28-16.
It appears that the Red Sox view him as a potential setup man since their rotation is full with Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly, and Justin Masterson. They also have expressed willingness to trade setup man Edward Mujica (per Ken Rosenthal) so it is possible Ogando could replace him in the Red Sox bullpen.
Ogando was non-tendered by the Rangers in December this offseason because of injury concerns. He had shoulder issues and a bicep problem in 2013 and also had a sprained UCL in 2014. He has a lot of upside as his highest ERA for a year (besides the 6.84 ERA he had in 2014 in just 25 innings) is 3.51. That 3.51 ERA came in his 2011 season, in which he was an all-star. He had a 13-8 record that year.
Ogando pitched 104.1 innings and had a 3.11 ERA in 2013 in 2013. He started 18 games that year. In 2012, he had a 3.27 ERA in 66 innings and only started one game. He could be an asset to the Red Sox if he posts numbers similar to that.
Alexi Ogando gives the Red Sox depth and some options in their bullpen. He needs to stay healthy for them and if he does, he can make an impact. He could be a dominant setup man in 2015 if he stays healthy.
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