Red Sox bringing back Martin Perez to help fill out starting rotation

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The Red Sox seem to be turning to a familiar face to help fill their starting rotation vacancy.

As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are signing Martin Perez, who had his $6.85 million club option declined on Nov. 1. The new deal is for $4.5 million with a 2022 club option for $6 million (which includes a $500,000 buyout).

Perez left a positive impression on the Red Sox during his 12 starts, compiling a 4.50 ERA in 62 innings, striking out 46 and walking 28. The lefty allowed a .240 batting average against, with the Sox going 3-9 in his starts.

The 29-year-old joins a rotation which includes Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Chris Sale (when he returns from Tommy John surgery in May or June). Other candidates include Nick Pivetta, Tanner Houck and recently-acquired Matt Andriese.