The Boston Red Sox parted ways with Matt Barnes (33), who was active as a closer in 2021.
American media NBC Sports Boston reported on the 25th (Korean time), “Boston has parted ways with the 2018 World Series champion while assigning veteran bullpen pitcher Barnes (DFA).”
Barnes recorded 32 wins, 30 losses, 99 holds and 47 saves in 429 major league games (431⅔ innings) with a 4.07 ERA. He debuted in the big leagues in 2014 and only played for Boston until last season. He is a fire bowler with an average velocity of over 95 miles per hour (152.9 km) per hour and was named an All-Star in 2021 with 24 saves. Last season, however, his fastball was still the same, with a maximum speed of 97.5 miles (156.9 km), but he was somewhat sluggish with 4 losses, 4 holds, 8 saves and an ERA of 4.31 in 44 games (39⅔ innings).
NBC Sports Boston said, “Barnes, who has been playing for Boston since 2011, was DFA to make room for Boston’s newly acquired outfielder Adam Duvall. Haim Bloom, president of baseball operations, later revealed the reason for DFA Barnes through a press conference,” he said, explaining why Barnes left the team.
“Obviously it was a really, really difficult decision,” Bloom said. The conversation itself was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. I don’t think this is anything more than what could happen in the process of building a 40-man roster in the offseason. 메이저놀이터 There are no easy decisions. All players on the 40-man roster are valuable players, no matter what their career record. It’s a really tough decision because you can’t take them off the 40-man roster without losing them.”
NBC Sports Boston said, “Boston still has to pay Barnes an annual salary of $7.5 million (about 9.2 billion won) for the 2023 season. That’s why this decision is surprising. Moreover, Ryan Brazer, who posted a 5.78 ERA in 68 games last season, remains on the roster,” he pointed out the question of Boston’s decision.
“Every player on our roster is looking to the future,” Bloom said. Brazier has definitely had a season with ups and downs, but he finished the season brilliantly and expects a rebound. Sometimes, it’s an easy way to send players with poor key indicators such as ERA. This decision was not easy, but we thought it was the right decision,” he explained, explaining why he let Barnes go instead of another pitcher.