The Boston Red Sox bolstered their bullpen depth today, re-signing 28-year-old righty Wyatt Mills to a two-year minor league deal.
Mills came to Boston in a December trade with Kansas City last year, though he needed Tommy John Surgery after experiencing elbow inflammation in Spring Training.
He's expected to miss the 2024 season, but still could contribute to the big league club in 2025.
Red Sox News: RHP Wyatt Mills Signed to Two-Year Contract
Originally a third-round pick out of Gonzaga, Mills has a 6.21 ERA in 38 major league appearances. He spent time with the Mariners and Royals before joining the Red Sox, representing a buy-low opportunity for a club in need of pitching prospects.
Prior to the elbow inflammation, the former Bulldog had 10 strikeouts in six Spring Training injuries, showcasing the velocity and deception that made him a coveted draft selection.
The Red Sox hope that Mills can tap back into his early-career form, when he posted a strikeout percentage of over 16% in 21 games with the Mariners' AAA club in 2021.
Boston is in a rebuilding phase, though moves like this give the organization a high-upside player to develop.
There is some optimism that Mills could return near the end of the 2024 season. However, it's most likely he won't contribute at the MLB level until at least 2025.
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