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Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers

Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.”

Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a projected salary that likely would have been around $1 million or so in 2011.

He had a 4.62 ERA in 193 innings spread over three seasons in Baltimore, but posted a sub par 124/92 K/BB ratio while allowing opponents to hit .274.

However, as a ground-ball guy with an average fastball that clocked in at 92.5 miles per hour this season the 27-year-old right-hander could be a useful middle relief option if his control improves.

  1. BC - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Who IS this guy??!?!

  2. Joe - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    The Orioles dumped him so they could spend the $$ on Jeremy Accardo.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

      Kind of silly wasn’t it!

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    We have a winner for the LEAST NEWSWORTHY HEADLINE OF THE DAY

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