Red Sox agree to 1-year deal with RHP Hembree

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Heath Hembree, avoiding salary arbitration.

Hembree’s non-guaranteed deal is worth $1,312,500. He had a $581,500 salary this year.

The 29-year-old Hembree went 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 67 appearances last season, helping the Red Sox win the World Series. The right-hander made four scoreless appearances in the playoffs covering 4 2/3 innings.

Hembree was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2010 draft and traded to Boston in the July 2014 deal that moved Jake Peavy to the Giants.

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Hembree is 12-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 204 major league appearances, all in relief. He also has 226 strikeouts in 216 career innings.

The Red Sox announced the deal on Friday.

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