What Team Does Michael Wacha Pitch for?
Michael Wacha plays for the Red Sox. Michael Wacha Joins the Boston Red Sox on a one-year contract.
After a lackluster season in Tampa, the free agent right-hander agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract on Saturday, providing an experienced arm to the rear of the rotation.
The Red Sox, who have so far shown a reluctance to interact with top-tier free agents, instead made an acquisition that should be recognizable to anyone who has followed the team since Chaim Bloom took over as president of baseball operations.
Last year, the 30-year-old Wacha had a mediocre season, going 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA.
Late in the season, he changed up his arsenal, eliminating an unproductive cutter in favor of a curveball that provided greater separation from his 94 mph fastball.
Over his final eight outings, he had a 3.20 ERA while holding opponents to a.193 batting average.
Michael Wacha now joins the Red Sox as a possibility for a job in the bullpen or to alternate between starting and relieving duties.
He’s a low-cost, short-term depth option for a team that will keep looking for arms to replace right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and left-hander Chris Sale in the rotation.