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Red Sox' new pitcher has one goal after signing minor-league deal

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There's a new Boston Red Sox pitcher in town, and he's ready to assimilate with the locals.

The Red Sox signed right-hander Zac Grotz to a minor-league contract Monday, per the team's transaction wire.

The 27-year-old hails from California and has spent his professional baseball career to date with the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners organizations, so the Northeast will be an adjustment for him.

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Judging by his Twitter reaction Tuesday, he's embracing that adjustment.

Quoting "Good Will Hunting" is a good place to start, but Grotz won't find any luck on the Wawa front. (Try Stop & Shop or Shaw's, Zac.)

The best way Grotz can ingratiate himself with Boston fans is by developing into a serviceable big-league pitcher. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander showed promise with the Mariners in 2019, posting a 4.15 ERA over 14 appearances at the major league level.

He got roughed up for 12 earned runs over 7.1 innings in 2020, though, and became a free agent following the season.

The Red Sox need all the help they can get to improve one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball that will be without ace Chris Sale for the considerable future. To date, they've made small moves on the pitching front while avoiding big splashes, and Grotz's signing continues that trend.