Red Sox make several transactions

Brian Hines (@JonLestersGhost)
Contributing Writer

The offseason has officially started and the Red Sox made several moves on Friday.

To start, the bullpen makeover is officially in business. Two veteran relievers, Jean Machi and Alexi Ogando, opted for free agency, while Ryan Cook was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

Out of all three, Ogando was the only player to have a significant role in the bullpen. He appeared in 64 games and had a 3.99 ERA. Machi was acquired at midseason from the Giants and took over the closer spot when Koji broke his wrist. He recorded four saves, but much like Ogando had trouble with keeping the ball in the park. Machi finished with a 5.09 ERA in 26 games with the Red Sox. Cook was also acquired late in the season, but in just five appearances he supported a 27.00 ERA and a 3.923 WHIP.

After appearing in 64 games in 2015, Ogando will become a free agent
Regarding moves not in the bullpen, the Sox sent Allen Craig to Triple A Pawtucket. Sandy Leon was signed to a one year deal and then out-righted to Triple A Pawtucket. Also, pitchers Clay Buchholz, Koji Uehara, Anthony Varvaro and Brandon Workman were reinstated, and catcher Christian Vazquez was brought back from the 60-day disabled list.

Varvaro was acquired from the Braves last December and Workman hasn't done much since 2013, but they might be needed with out current bullpen situation. Koji was brought back from the broken wrist he suffered in August. Vazquez was sidelined all of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He'll be competing with Swihart for starting catching duties, if one is not dealt. Buchholz had his $13 million dollar option picked up (read more about Buchholz here: )

The busy offseason for the Sox is just getting started. Stay up to date with all the moves by following @RedSoxLife on twitter. 

Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment below or find me on Twitter @JonLestersGhost