The Boston Red Sox have come to terms with RHP Matt Andriese for the 2021 season with a club option for the 2022 season. Andriese will earn 2.1 million dollars for 2021, and with the club option, the contract could go all the way up to just under 7.5 million dollars. This is a surprising amount of money for a pitcher with a career 4.57 ERA with subpar statistics, coming in with a career 4.23 FIP, 91 ERA+ and 1.31 WHIP. It is obvious the Red Sox liked something in Andriese, which is somewhat hard to justify this amount of money for what has been a below league average reliever for the last six seasons. Andriese has spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks and spent 2020 with the Los Angeles Angels, finishing with a 4.50 ERA, 100 ERA+ and 1.00 WHIP in 32 innings.
Andriese has never had a season in his career where his Exit Velocity has been below league average, last year coming in at 89.4 MPH on average (compared to the league average of 88.3 MPH). Andriese does get a decent amount of swings and misses, despite his below average fastball velocity of 91.9 MPH in 2020, and has seen some drop on his velocity from his time in 2015 to now. With a bullpen that desperately needs help, as Ryan Braiser, Josh Taylor and Matt Barnes headline the group, it is obvious why the Red Sox went out and overpaid for Andriese, but it is surprising that he got this much money, especially with names such as Chris Devenski, Jonathan Holder and A.J. Cole were all similar pitchers, and likely would have been brought on at a lower price.