The Boston Red Sox and right-handed reliever Heath Hembree agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.
The new deal is not guaranteed. Hembree will make $1,312,500, a raise from his $581,500 salary for the 2018 season.
The agreement avoids salary arbitration for the team and Hembree, 29, who went 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 67 games during Boston’s World Series-winning season, with 76 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched.
Hembree was originally left off the team’s playoff roster but was later added after an injury to pitcher Steven Wright. During the postseason, Hembree pitched 4 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings.
Having just completed his sixth season in the majors, Hembree is 12-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 204 appearances, all in relief.
Originally a fifth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2010 and a rookie in 2013, he was traded in July 2014 to Boston in a deal that sent starting pitcher Jake Peavy to the Giants.