BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today signed left-handed pitcher Joely Rodríguez to a one-year contract for the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024.
The Red Sox’ 40-man roster is now at 39.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.
Rodríguez, 31, pitched for the New York Mets this past season, recording career highs in appearances (55) and innings (50.1) while posting a 4.47 ERA (25 ER/50.1 IP) with a .226 opponent batting average, 1.35 WHIP, 57 strikeouts, and 26 walks. The left-hander ranked in Major League Baseball’s 94th percentile in chase rate (34.7%) and 96th percentile in average exit velocity (85.3 MPH), both the best marks of his career. He held both left-handed hitters (.646) and right-handed hitters (.625) to an OPS below .650 and allowed only three home runs on the year.
Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, Rodríguez has posted a 4.56 ERA (74 ER/146.0 IP) in 157 games—all in relief—for the Philadelphia Phillies (2016-17), Texas Rangers (2020-21), New York Yankees (2021), and Mets (2022). From 2018-19, he pitched for the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. Rodríguez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (39)
Pitchers (21): Matt Barnes, Brayan Bello, Ryan Brasier, Kutter Crawford, Franklin German, Darwinzon Hernandez, Tanner Houck, Zack Kelly, Bryan Mata, Chris Murphy, Kaleb Ort, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Joely Rodríguez, Chris Sale, John Schreiber, Connor Seabold, Josh Taylor, Brandon Walter, Garrett Whitlock, Josh Winckowski
Catchers (3): Ronaldo Hernández, Reese McGuire, Connor Wong
Infielders (7): Triston Casas, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Jeter Downs, David Hamilton, Eric Hosmer, Trevor Story
Outfielders (4): Wilyer Abreu, Jarren Duran, Rob Refsnyder, Alex Verdugo
Infielder/Outfielders (4): Christian Arroyo, Kiké Hernández, Ceddanne Rafaela, Enmanuel Valdez