Starter Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million deal, pending physical, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23, 2021
Richards has a long history of arm injuries. He had Tommy John surgery after making 16 starts for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. He then signed with the San Diego Padres for the 2019 campaign, but was sidelined while rehabbing.
The 32-year-old finally returned to the mound during the pandemic-shortened season, going 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA, 1.247 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. He was moved to the bullpen late in the season and for the playoffs.
Richards spent eight seasons with the Angels before signing with the Padres. In 10 total seasons, the right-hander is 47-41 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.255 WHIP.
Richards will likely help fill out a rotation that includes Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta.