Red Sox Reveal Final Roster Spot Before Opening Day
By Tyler Maher
After making some questionable roster cuts earlier this week, the Boston Red Sox still had one roster spot up for grabs on the eve of Opening Day.
On Thursday morning, they finally revealed who won the final spot.
Red Sox Roster Moves
With just hours to go until first pitch against the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox announced that Kaleb Ort had won the final spot in the bullpen.
Keeping the 31-year-old righty is another head-scratching roster move for Boston given his struggles last year and in Spring Training. Ort got lit up for a 6.35 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in 25 appearances as a rookie last season. He didn't show much improvement in camp, either, getting torched for a 9.64 ERA and a 2.36 WHIP in eight Spring Training games while posting more walks (8) than strikeouts (7).
Ort enjoyed great success in Triple-A in 2021 and 2022 with a 2.98 ERA and a 2.88 ERA, respectively, so the Red Sox are hopeful he can translate those results to the big leagues. He'll likely have a short leash given his age and mediocre track record, however, so he'll need to produce right away if he wants to stick around.