The Boston Red Sox look to be going out on a limb and giving Alan Embree a chance to pitch out of the bullpen for them. Spring Training will serve as a try-out session for the left handed pitcher. Embree could earn up to $1.1MM if he makes the Major League Roster with the Red Sox. That would include the incentives for games pitched.
April 15th is the day that will give Embree a chance to weigh his options. On that day, he can choose weather or not to opt out and look at another option elsewhere.
This contract will mark the second chance that Embree has gotten to pitch for Boston. He was part of the team from 2002 through his release in 2005.
Embree is 40 years old and pitched for the Colorado Rockies last season. He posted a very high ERA at 5.84. He only pitched 24.6 innings for the Rockies, before being shut down for the season because of a fractured tibia. Before he was dominant against lefties in his hey-day. Recently, he has been very spotty and is looking to find his groove.
Embree could be a complimentary lefty since the Red Sox already have Hideki Okajima and Fabio Castro on the active 40-Man Roster. He will have lots of competition as he will have to face younger and more crafted lefties to make the team.
It can only be a matter of time before we see Embree suit up for the majors again. Or we might not see him pitch professionally again. The door is always open for retirement.