Red Sox DFA Former Key Bullpen Piece

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox have DFA'ed a former All-Star.
The Boston Red Sox have DFA'ed a former All-Star. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the Boston Red Sox have brought in a lot of new talent this offseason, they've also let a lot of talent go. Xander Bogaerts was the biggest example, of course, but the team has also moved on from former All-Stars J.D. Martinez, Nate Eovaldi, Eric Hosmer and others.

You can add Matt Barnes to that list, too, as the Red Sox designated him for assignment on Tuesday.

Matt Barnes DFA

Boston is moving on from Barnes to open up a roster spot for new outfielder Adam Duvall, who officially finalized his one-year deal with the Red Sox this week.

This is a disappointing outcome for Barnes, who made the All-Star team in 2021 after an impressive first half as Boston's closer. He suffered from overuse and promptly fell apart in the second half, however, causing the Red Sox to initially leave him off their postseason roster that year.

Barnes' struggles persisted into 2022, as he went 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA and saw his strikeout rate crater to a career-worst 7.7 K/9. With Boston beefing up its bullpen this winter, there wasn't a clear role for the 32-year-old righty in 2023.

Parting ways with Barnes would be an easier pill to swallow for Red Sox fans if the team hadn't given him a two-year, $18.75 million contract extension in 2021 right before he turned into a pumpkin. That means Boston's on the hook for his $7.5 million this year and will essentially pay him to pitch elsewhere (or not at all).

Obviously, that is not a good use of resources for a team looking to bounce back from a last-place finish. Chalk it up as another misstep in Chaim Bloom's growing list of them during his disappointing tenure with the Red Sox.

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