The Red Sox did a little Black Friday shopping this year.

Michael Wacha, the 30-year-old right-handed who had a 5.05 ERA on 29 appearances with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, is nearing a one-year deal to sign in Boston pending a physical, according to a report by ESPN on Friday evening.

Wacha is a classic example of a pitcher who has better peripheral stats, with 121 strikeouts in 124-2/3 innings, and a chase rate that ranked among the best in the majors in 2021.