Tuesday night, a little more than 24 hours after the Red Sox had non-tendered him, it was reported that Marco Hernández was coming back on a split contract. Wednesday morning, the deal was officially announced. Along with said official announcement, we also learned left-handed reliever Josh Osich — also non-tendered on Monday — was coming back as well.
The #RedSox today signed INF Marco Hernández and LHP Josh Osich to one-year contracts through the 2020 season.
The club’s 40-man roster is now at 36.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) December 4, 2019
As with Hernández, Osich will be on a split deal. His base salary for his time in the majors is $850,000, which is $150,000 less than he was projected to make in arbitration.
Osich has a split contract, with the LHP set to make $850K on the major league component of the deal.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) December 4, 2019
As a reminder, a split contract means he will only be paid this much (and thus only count against the luxury tax for this amount) while he is on the major-league roster. It means, in essence, the non-tendering of both of these players was mostly an accounting move.
Osich is on the bubble for making the…