Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a $ 10 million one-year deal, ESPN’s Jeff Passan sources said Saturday.
The deal is still pending.
Richards’ greatest achievement during the pandemic-cut season was staying healthy. The seasoned right-hander started 10 times for the San Diego Padres in 2020 and went 2-2 with 4.03 ERA, 46 spikes and 17 hikes. He was transferred to the bullpen late in the season and during the playoffs.
The 32-year-old veteran did much better against right-handers (.589 OPS) than left-handers, who had an OPS of .853 against him during the season.
Richards has a long history of arm injuries. He had Tommy John operate on his damaged ulnar collateral ligament after completing 16 starts for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, and signed with the Padres after that season knowing that he will be rehabilitating for most of his freshman year would be two-year contract for $ 15 million. He returned to the hill for San Diego towards the end of the 2019 season, posting an 8.31 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over three starts.
Another ACL injury, for which he received stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatment, limited Richards to just six starts in 2016, and he made 17 just six starts due to biceps irritation.
He also tore his left patellar tendon in 2014 when he covered the first base at Fenway Park, ending a starting season early
Richards, who was a member of the Angels for his first eight seasons, has a career record of 47-41 with 3.62 ERA and 702 strikeouts and 291 walks.