Red Sox sign reliever Chris Martin for $17.5 million, 2-year contract


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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Martin throws in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 15, 2022 in San Diego, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

BOSTON (AP) — Right-handed reliever Chris Martin and the Boston Red Sox finalized a two-year, $17.5 million deal on Thursday.

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Martin receives a signing bonus of $4 million, of which $1 million is payable this month, $1.5 million next June and $1.5 million in June 2024. He has salaries of 6 million next season and $7.5 million in 2024.

The 36-year-old went 4-1 with two saves and a 3.05 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. In his career, he is 9-16 with a 3.84 ERA in 269 relief appearances for six teams, winning the World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 2021.

He joins the Dennis Eckersley Hall of Fame as the only pitchers since 1900 to have had more than one season with at least 50 innings pitched and five or fewer walks.

The Red Sox first signed Martin as a free agent in 2011 and he kicked off three seasons in the system before being traded to the Colorado Rockies in 2013.

As part of the deal, Martin will make a charitable contribution not to exceed 1% of his contract.

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