Lucas Giolito joins the Red Sox in a $38.5 million deal

Another top starting pitcher is off the board as Lucas Giolito is reportedly headed to the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander reportedly agreed to a two-year, $38.5 million deal Friday that includes an opt-out after the first season. That would allow him to test free agency again next winter if he performs better in 2024 than he has the past few years, in which he posted a combined 4.89 ERA.

Giolito joins a Red Sox rotation that was short on innings last season, but the group will still need help if it wants to compete in the AL East next season.

Yamamoto joins Dodgers for 12 years, $325 million

The Dodgers continued to add to their embarrassment of riches on Dec. 21 by agreeing to terms with Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto on a 12-year deal worth $325 millionplus a $50.6 million publication fee.

The deal comes after Yamamoto was published and made available to MLB teams in November. He was second only to Shohei Ohtani on Yahoo Sports’ list of the top 25 free agents this winter.

Yamamoto’s deal is the largest pitching contract in MLB history. Unlike Ohtani’s 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers, this contract reportedly makes does not contain any deferralsaccording to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Dodgers acquire and expand Glasnow

The Dodgers added a new pitcher to their rotation on December 14th, completing the trade of Tyler Glasnow to the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange for Glasnow, the Rays received outfielder Johnny DeLuca and pitcher Ryan Pepiot. The Dodgers also received outfielder Manuel Margo in the deal.

The deal was contingent on Glasnow signing an extension with the Dodgers, and the next day the two sides agreed to a five-year, $135 million deal.

Michael Wacha is headed to Kansas City

The Royals were looking to add to their rotation this offseason, and on December 15th they acquired their second starting pitcher of the winter. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passanright-hander Michael Wacha agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with Kansas City.

Wacha, 32, was 14-4 with 124 strikeouts in 134.1 innings in 24 appearances with the San Diego Padres last season. He will join Seth Lugo as the new faces in the Royals rotation. They were the No. 17 and 18 free agents on Zach Crizer’s Top 25 Free Agents list.

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