The Boston Red Sox are finalizing a deal with right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Wacha spent his 2021 with the Rays, and struggled although he did pitch a 5.9 walk rate (84th percentile) and he was in the 92nd percentile of chase rate. The righty posted a 5.05 ERA but a 3.91 xFIP, as well as a 4.00 SIERA across 29 outings (23 starts).

The longtime Cardinal spent seven seasons in St. Louis before spending his 2020 with the Mets. Wacha, in his rookie year, started Game 6 of the 2013 World Series vs. Boston and the Sox clinched their third championship of the 2000’s.

Red Sox Payroll on Twitter gives some analysis and a guess of what his salary will be.‘s Ian Cundall gives some more analysis on his pitch usage.

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