The Boston Red Sox continue to add pitching depth in very small increments.
The Red Sox have signed free-agent right-hander Daniel Gossett to a minor-league contract, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday. The deal includes an invite to Boston's major-league spring training, Mass Live's Chris Cotillo reports.
Gossett started 23 games for the Oakland Athletics over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, posting a 5.91 ERA and a 4-14 record. He underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2018 and hasn't pitched in the majors since. The A's released him last July.
The 28-year-old does have a history with the Red Sox: The team selected Gossett in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB Draft before he decided to pitch at Clemson instead of signing with Boston.
Gossett joins Kevin McCarthy as the second pitcher to join the Sox on a minor-league contract this season. Chaim Bloom and Co. also signed right-hander Matt Andriese to compete for a spot in Boston's major-league rotation but otherwise hasn't done much to improve a staff that posted the third-worst ERA in baseball last season at 5.58.
The Red Sox reportedly have shown interest in former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber and Japanese star Tomoyuki Sugano, so maybe they're just biding their time (like the rest of the league) before making a splash.