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MLB Rumors: Red Sox sign reliever Zach Putnam to minor-league contract

MLB Rumors: Red Sox sign reliever Zach Putnam to minor-league contract

The Boston Red Sox aren't making any big moves, but they've still been busy this week.

The Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Zach Putnam to a minor league contract, WEEI's Rob Bradford reported Wednesday morning, citing a major league source.

MassLive's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday the Red Sox were in agreement with Putnam on a deal.

Putnam missed the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old right-hander spent the previous four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and was a decently effective member of their bullpen, posting a 2.71 ERA with 142 strikeouts over 139 1/3 innings during his South Side tenure.

He appeared in just seven games during the 2017 season, though, as arm issues have plagued the veteran hurler over the last two years.

Putnam joins outfielder Gorkys Hernandez among Boston's recent free agent signings, and the Sox also are nearing a minor-league deal with reliever Erasmo Ramirez, per reports.

The defending World Series champions are eyeing bullpen help this offseason, as setup man Joe Kelly recently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and closer Craig Kimbrel reportedly is seeking a hefty contract that Boston may not be willing to pay.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 15, 2019: Red Sox get the win despite ongoing struggles from the mound

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Breakfast Podcast, July 15, 2019: Red Sox get the win despite ongoing struggles from the mound

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1:04 - John Tomase and Lou Merloni break down the Red Sox 10-8 win over the Blue Jays and discuss the continuing struggles of Rick Porcello and the rest of the rotation.

6:24 - Phil Perry stops by Early Edition to discuss today's Great Patriots Debate - Deion Branch vs. Danny Amendola.

10:48 - What is one sporting event you would go back in time to see live? The BST crew give us their picks.

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Nathan Eovaldi's 'arm feels great now' as he attempts to return to Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi's 'arm feels great now' as he attempts to return to Red Sox

Dave Dombrowski has been adamant that the Boston Red Sox will soon be receiving reinforcements as they look to make a postseason push in the second half of the season. That appears to be true and at the moment, it seems that Nathan Eovaldi may be ready to return in the near future.

Eovaldi, who hasn't pitched since April 17 after having surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his elbow, threw live batting practice at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. And Eovaldi thought the session went well and discussed how he was feeling afterward.

"My arm feels great now," Eovaldi said per WEEI's Rob Bradford. "I felt like the command was a little rusty but everything coming out felt really good. ... It’s been good. I felt like I transitioned a lot better than I thought I would. I haven’t been getting as sore as I thought I would, as well. I would say it has been pretty good."

And as for his stuff? Mitch Moreland thought that it was pretty good as well, and Eovaldi's 100 mph fastball, tough cutter, and curveball were a lot for the first baseman to handle.

"I swung against Nathan," Moreland said per Bradford. "I saw him throw a cutter and I'm like, 'Damn, how did I miss it? Then I thought, 'Oh yeah, he throws it 94 (mph).'"

It's certainly encouraging that Eovaldi had a solid session on Monday and it looks like he could come back soon. With the fifth starter position now solidified in the wake of acquiring Andrew Cashner, Eovaldi will have a chance to help solidify the back-end of their bullpen in a late-inning role. He could even end up becoming the team's closer.

It's unclear when exactly Eovaldi will return, but he's certainly a player to keep an eye on over the course of the next week or so.

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