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Red Sox signed pitcher Joely Rodriguez to a one-year contract in free agency

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Red Sox sign first free agent of offseason in ex-Mets reliever originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Chaim Bloom’s work has officially begun.

The Boston Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez to a one-year contract with a club option for 2024, the team announced Wednesday.

It’s a low-cost deal — Rodriguez will make $1.5 million in base salary in 2023 with a potential $2 million in active roster bonuses, per Mass Live’s Chris Cotillo — but the left-hander is Boston’s first official free-agent signing of the offseason.

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Rodriguez posted a 4.47 ERA over 50.1 innings of relief with the New York Mets last season but found success with the New York Yankees in the latter half of 2021, with a 2.84 ERA over 24 appearances after the Texas Rangers dealt him at the MLB trade deadline . He began his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016.

The Red Sox desperately need bullpen help, and the 31-year-old Dominican Republic native could be a solid left-handed option. According to Cotillo, the Red Sox like Rodriguez’s “pitch mix (primarily his two-seam fastball and a plus changeup) and the fact he induces a lot of ground balls, weak contact and whiffs.”

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