Among other areas, the Red Sox needed to address their bullpen this offseason. On Friday, they took an important step towards doing that.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Red Sox are signing right-handed reliever Chris Martin to a two-year, $17.5 million contract, pending the physical.
The 36-year-old Martin was terrific for the Dodgers down the stretch and into the playoffs last season after being acquired from the Cubs in a deadline deal. In 26 appearance (24.2 innings) for Los Angeles, Martin had a 1.46 ERA and allowed just 14 baserunners for a 0.527 WHIP. He had 34 strikeouts and just one walk. Martin added two scoreless innings in the playoffs.
Martin won a World Series with the Braves in 2021 and threw 2.1 shutout innings in the World Series against the Astros. Martin's seven-year big-league career has also included stops with the Rockies, Yankees and Rangers.
After losing out on other reported free-agent targets like Jose Abreu and Zach Eflin, Martin at least represents a small -- but potentially significant -- victory for Chaim Bloom.