In order to add more depth to Triple-A Pawtucket next season, the Boston Red Sox signed former Los Angeles Dodgers starter John Ely to a minor league deal on Friday with an invite to spring training.
Ely missed the entire 2013 season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery while with the Houston Astros. Houston released him on Nov. 20. Since making his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2010, the 27-year old right hander has struggled over three seasons going 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 games (19 starts).
It is expect that Ely starts the 2014 season with Pawtucket and could form a solid rotation along with Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Ranaudo. Ely is best known for having a solid fastball-changeup combination. He is not known for throwing hard as he mostly hits between 87-91 mph with his fastball but gets a lot of groundball outs with it along with his changeup.
Currently, it is unknown if Ely is almost fully recovered from elbow surgery but will be an asset for the Pawsox in 2014 and could be an option for the Red Sox in a long relief role if needed during the season if an injury pops up. If not, expect him to be a solid middle of the rotation starter for new Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles.