Saturday, December 10, 2011
Red Sox Improve Depth By Signing Mathis
Ben Cherington was very honest when, in his press conference, he said that he wasn't going to sign many big free agents and display more of a drafting/development type approach. When your two biggest acquisitions of the offseason on December 10 are Jesse Carlson and Doug Mathis, that is very true. As you probably have picked up, the Red Sox signed Doug Mathis. Mathis is a right-handed pitcher who did not play in the majors in 2011. He played with the Rangers from 2008-2010, going 1-1/6.04/10 in 13 games and 22 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2010. His best season came in 2009, when he went 0-1/3.16/25 in 24 games and 42 2/3 innings. Mathis played in the minor league systems of the Giants and the A's last season before going to Korea to finish the year. He provides a cheap option for more depth in the Red Sox bullpen and rotation. I'm neutral on this move, as we probably won't be seeing him in the majors.