Red Sox sign righty Garrett Richards to one-year deal

The Boston Red Sox signed oft-injured starting pitcher Garrett Richards to a one-year, $10 million deal on Saturday, according to ESPN.

The deal is pending a physical.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who has battled multiple injuries throughout his 10-year career, was able to stay healthy while pitching for the San Diego Padres during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He went 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 10 starts before being moved to the bullpen late in the season and during the playoffs.

Richards has had a history of arm injuries. After making 16 stars for the Angels in 2018, Richards had Tommy John surgery to repair his damaged ulnar collateral ligament. He later signed a two-year, $15 million with the Padres, with much of the first year spent rehabbing after the surgery.

Richards returned to the mound late in that 2019 season, going 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts over 8 ²/₃ innings.

Garrett Richards
Garrett Richards

Richards, who played eight seasons with the Angels, also suffered an ACL injury in 2016, limiting him to just six starts in 2016 and made just six starts in 2017 after battling through biceps irritation.

In 2014, he tore his patellar tendon covering first base at Fenway Park, prematurely ending an dominant season in which he went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA. But he bounced back with a solid season in 2015, going 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA.

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