Red Sox sign Alexi Ogando to one-year deal; Drake Britton designated for assignment

Rob Bradford
January 30, 2015 - 11:12 am

The Red Sox announced come to terms on a one-year deal for pitcher Alexi Ogando., who was first to surface the agreement, reports the deal is worth $1.5 million. USA Today adds that incentives can push the deal up by another $1.5 million. To make room for Ogando on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated Drake Britton for assignment. Britton is out of options. Ogando battled physical issues in 2014, making 27 appearances (all out of the bullpen), and compiling a 6.84 ERA. His most recent issues have involved his right (pitching) elbow. Prior to '14, the 31-year-old had success both as a starter and reliever. In 2011, he made the All-Star team, finishing with a 13-8 mark and 3.51 ERA in 29 starts. The following season he pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen, totaling a 3.27 ERA in 58 appearances (57 as a reliever). Ogando was effective in '13, making 17 starts and 23 appearances on the way to a 7-4 mark with a 3.11 ERA. But he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, an issue that plagued him the rest of the season. The righty was beset with arm problems throughout '14, leading the Rangers to non-tender him. Ogando recently performed a showcase for interested teams in Tampa, with the Red Sox one of the dozen or so teams attending. If healthy, Ogando could factor into the Red Sox' late-inning relief plans. During his best season as a reliever in '12, the right-hander held righty hitters to just a .179 batting average. Without the bite on his slider last season, that number jumped to .327. According to major league talent evaluators, Ogando could still be an effective option out of the bullpen, but only if his workload is managed.