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Red Sox sign former White Sox reliever Zach Putnam

Rob Bradford
December 19, 2018 - 9:35 am

The minor-league signings of guys with significant major league experience continue for the Red Sox.

According to a major league source, the Sox have inked former White Sox reliever Zach Putnam to minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. The 31-year-old right-hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. was first to report the agreement.

The Red Sox have now locked up outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, Tony Renda and Putnam to minor-league deals, with an agreement with former Seattle hurler Erasmo Ramirez close.

Putnam was a relied-upon reliever for the White Sox in 2014 and 2015, appearing in 49 games in each of the campaigns. Arm trouble, however, began to become a problem for the former Indians fifth-round pick, totaling a 2.30 ERA in 25 games in 2016 before being limited to seven appearances in 2017.

Putnam has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in all 145 of his major league appearances.