Red Sox sign Dinelson Lamet to minor league deal

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Dinelson Lamet has signed with the Boston Red Sox on a minor league deal, just five days after being released by the Colorado Rockies.

Lamet has been in the league for six years, spending the last 10 months in Colorado. Before that, he was a starting pitcher with the San Diego Padres. He signed with the Padres in 2014 as an amateur free agent, and debuted in 2018. In 2020, he broke out with a dominant covid-shortened season. In 12 games started, Lamet had a 2.09 ERA, striking out 93 batters in 69.0 innings pitched. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting and earned a spot on the All-MLB second team.

Since that season, he’s recorded a 6.69 ERA with a 1.7 WHIP. Lamet has become unreliable and inconsistent. Nothing has been good since that 2020 season, hence why he became available again.

How this impacts the Red Sox

This move won’t make major headlines, but during the dog days of the sports calendar, it’s something to talk about. The Red Sox will take any help they can get as they consistently hover around .500. It’s only a minor league deal, meaning he’ll likely spend a decent amount of time with the Worcester Red Sox to see if they can resurrect his talent.

Boston still has multiple pitchers on the IL, so it wouldn’t be a total shock if he sees action with the big boys sooner rather than later. With Tanner Houck, Chris Sale and others missing significant time, they need arms. Lamet could make a decent impact, but it’s really just a low-risk, low-reward situation.

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