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Matt Barnes closes out Red Sox' win, but don't call him the closer

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Matt Barnes closes out Red Sox' win, but don't call him the closer

SEATTLE - Matt Barnes jogged out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth with the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead. 

The reliever got the save. 

But Alex Cora still won’t call him the closer. 

When asked after the game if he is ready to name a closer, the Sox manager simply said, “No”. 

Cora talked with Barnes a month ago about his role, which appears to be one where they will use him in a similar fashion as they did Friday night. The Mariners had their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters due up. 

“He already knows what it’s all about,” Cora said. “I talked to him about a month ago about how we’ll use him. Two-three-four in the ninth had a lot to do with it.”

Barnes said he didn’t know when he’d be called upon until the phone rang. 

“We kind of had an idea of where I was going to pitch,” Barnes said.  “I didn’t know it was going to be the ninth inning before tonight.”

With that said, the reliever said he felt ready.

“You just kind of prepare, mentally lock in for a few innings in a scenario in which you could possibly be used.”

Cora said Barnes will be available to pitch again if needed on Saturday. 

But that doesn’t mean Barnes will get the closing call and he’s OK with that.

"If it’s not me in the ninth inning on a given night then we have 100% faith in the other guy that’s going to take the ball and close a game out for us.”

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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