Red Sox pick up intriguing lefty pitcher off waivers

Rob Bradford
October 31, 2019 - 2:29 pm

Chaim Bloom's first official move as the Chief Baseball Officer of the Red Sox is in the books.

The Red Sox have claimed lefty pitcher Josh Osich off waivers from the White Sox.

Having been picked up off waivers from the Orioles by Chicago last March, Osich turned in a solid season against lefty hitters. The southpaw held left-handed batters to a .551 OPS over 115 plate appearances. The problems came when he went up against righties, with hitters from that side of the plate managing a .903 OPS in 157 plates appearances. In total, Osich appeared in 57 games with the White Sox.

Such a weapon against lefties would previously be of tremendous value to most clubs, but with the new three-batter minimum rule coming into play in 2020 the ability to specialize might not carry as much weight. Osich is also out of minor-league options, meaning he would have to clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors.

The 31-year-old broke into the majors in 2015 with the Giants, playing for San Francisco for four seasons. He had originally been a sixth-round pick of the Giants out of Oregon State in 2011.

Osich is entering his first year of arbitration-eligibility. He is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make in the neighborhood of $1 million.