Purple Sox reportedly signal RHP Lucas Giolito to two-year, $38.5 million contract

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Giolito is Boston’s second free agent signing of the offseason.

Giolito was an All-Star in 2019 and completed top-10 in Cy Younger voting the next season. Ron Schwane/Getty Pictures

The Purple Sox have reportedly added an arm to their beginning rotation.

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Boston is signing right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito to a two-year, 38.5 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal is reportedly value $19 million in 2024 and $18 in 2025. The contract additionally has an opt-out following the primary yr, per Passan.

Giolito, 29, has pitched within the MLB for eight seasons. He’s coming off a yr through which he performed for 3 groups: the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and Cleveland Guardians. 

The starter gathered a 4.88 earned run common in 33 begins and 184 ⅓ innings with these golf equipment in 2023. Giolito allowed a league-high 41 dwelling runs this previous season (2.0 per 9 innings), however logged 204 strikeouts (10.0 per 9).

He started the year off strong with a 3.50 ERA in 105 ⅓ innings, 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings, and 1.4 dwelling runs allowed per 9 by means of 18 begins. Giolito’s ultimate 15 begins noticed a 6.72 ERA in 79 innings, 10.5 strikeouts per 9, and a pair of.9 dwelling runs allowed per 9.

The righty additionally noticed his walks allowed per 9 leap from 2.7 in his first 18 begins to 4.8 in his final 15.

Giolito’s numbers point out he is not going to slot in because the Purple Sox’ ace, one thing the crew stays on the hunt for. 

That mentioned, Giolito’s statistics additionally present he’s an innings-eater. The crew might use a dependable arm that may take some stress off the bullpen coming off a season that persistently noticed brief outings from its beginning pitchers.

Because the rotation presently stands, Giolito could possibly be the crew’s No. 3 starter, relying on the place the membership locations Brayan Bello. Chris Sale is Boston’s high arm proper now, assuming he’s wholesome come Opening Day.

The addition of Giolito is one transfer of a number of that the Purple Sox must make to stability out its shaky beginning 5. He helps anchor the center of the rotation, however doesn’t clear up Boston’s drawback on the high.