The Purple Sox introduced that they’ve designated right-hander Matt Barnes for task. His roster spot will go to outfielder Adam Duvall, whose signing is now official.
Barnes, 33 in June, has spent his whole profession with the Purple Sox so far. They chose him again in 2011, utilizing the nineteenth total choose to seize him. He transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen whereas within the minors and ultimately established himself as a stable reliever within the Boston bullpen. From 2016 by means of 2020, he made 288 appearances with a 3.88 ERA. His 11.6% stroll price was definitely on the excessive facet however he additionally struck out 31.9% of opponents and acquired grounders at a 48.1% clip.
Within the first half of 2021, he appeared to take his recreation to a brand new degree. By way of July 10, he had already tossed 37 innings on the 12 months with a 2.68 ERA, placing out an unbelievable 44.6% of opponents whereas strolling simply 7.2%. He additionally took over because the membership’s nearer, racking up 19 saves by that time within the season already, regardless of solely having 15 in his profession previous to that season. He was slated to hit the open market on the finish of that 12 months however the Sox determined they wished to lock him up and agreed to a two-year, $18.75MM extension with a membership choice for 2024.
Sadly, issues have gone downhill for Barnes because the ink dried on that deal. He posted a 6.11 ERA in the remainder of the 2021 marketing campaign and was initially left off the membership’s postseason roster, although he later re-joined the membership as an harm substitute. In 2022, he struggled badly out of the gate, posting a 7.94 ERA by means of the top of Could, when he landed on the injured listing as a consequence of irritation in his throwing shoulder. He got here again in August and posted a 1.59 ERA from then out, however that also left his season-long ERA at 4.31. Regardless of that sturdy end, he has evidently been pushed off the roster in Boston, a exceptional turnaround for a man who regarded like among the best relievers in baseball a 12 months and a half in the past.
The Sox will now have every week to commerce Barnes or move him by means of waivers. He will probably be making a $7.5MM wage this 12 months and has a $2.25MM buyout on the $8MM membership choice for subsequent 12 months. Until the Sox can discover a commerce associate, they are going to be on the hook for the $9.75MM nonetheless owed to Barnes. If he have been to clear waivers, he has greater than 5 years of MLB service time, that means he can reject an outright task and change into a free agent whereas retaining all of that cash. Ought to he change into a free agent and signal elsewhere, one other membership would solely need to pay him the protated league minimal for any time spent on the roster, with that quantity being subtracted from what the Sox pay.
iTalk Studios reported that Barnes can be designated for task earlier than the official announcement.