Multiple outlets are reporting that the Red Sox are about to sign former Orioles reliever Matt Albers. He’ll be competing with a few other guys (some of whom have yet to be acquired) for one of the two bullpen spots that are open at the moment.
It’s the shotgun approach for building the back-end of a bullpen. I think this is the best way to go; bring in a bunch of low-cost / moderate-upside pitchers to compete for the last few spots. Spend your monetary / prospect resources on more crucial roster spots.
Albers will be 28 next month and hasn’t had a ton of success in the majors thus far, but if I were to guess what the Red Sox see in him, I’d say it is this:
The Yankees managed to nab catcher Russell Martin, who was previously rumored to be a likely Red Sox acquisition. Slight disappointment here; he’s a talented player with upside and I would have liked to see what he can do in a new environment.