The Boston Red Sox added Lucas Giolito to their rotation on Friday, agreeing to a $38.5 million, two-year contract with the right-hander.
A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that the 29-year-old Giolito could opt out of the deal after the 2024 season. If he opts out, the contract will be worth $19 million.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced and was subject to physicals.
Giolito struggled to an 8-15 record with a 4.88 ERA this year for the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians.
The Southern California native allowed 41 homers, which was second in the major leagues and three fewer than Lance Lynn. Giolito is tied for the major league lead with 33 starts. Mixing fastballs, sliders and changeups with the occasional curveball, he struck out 204 while striking out 73 in 184 1/3 innings, his most in 2018. He had 81 strikeouts on fastballs, 65 on changeups and 56 strikeouts on sliders.
Selected by Washington with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Giolito made his debut for the Nationals in June 2016 and was acquired by the White Sox in December along with right-hander Dan Dunning for outfielder Adam Eaton. He was an All-Star in 2019, when he was 14–9 with a 3.41 ERA and tied for the major league lead in complete games with three and shutouts with two.
Giolito went 59–52 with a 4.20 ERA in 162 starts with the White Sox, who traded him to the Angels on July 26 along with right-hander Reynaldo López for minor league left-hander Ky Bush and catcher Edgar Cuervo. After going 1–5 with a 6.89 ERA in six starts for Los Angeles, Giolito was claimed off waivers by Cleveland and went 1–4 with a 7.04 ERA in six starts for the Guardians.
His record is 61–62 with a 4.43 ERA in 178 career starts and two relief appearances.
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