Red Sox Release Hard-Throwing Hurler After Unsuccessful Stint In Boston

Red Sox Release Hard-Throwing Hurler After Unsuccessful Stint In Boston

Boston could use some fresh faces in the bullpen

Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow has made his first change to the big-league roster just hours after his introductory press conference.

Breslow and company are in the process of determining who will need to be cut loose prior to what will hopefully become a fruitful offseason. They reportedly have made their first cut.

The Red Sox have outrighted right-hander Justin Garza according to The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.

Garza posted a 7.36 ERA with a 17-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .286 batting average against and 1.85 WHIP in 18 1/3 innings after being acquired by the Red Sox in late April.

The right-hander could dial up his sinker, averaging 94.6 mph, but struggled to miss bats and did not have a strong enough repertoire to stick in the big leagues last season.

With players such as Kaleb Ort and Justin Garza already outrighted, there is optimism that Breslow will clean out the bottom of the bullpen and find meaningful upgrades to bolster the team’s depth.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been forced to run out below-big-league caliber hurlers in the middle innings for years now, which has killed Boston over and over.

As Breslow commits to overhauling the pitching program as a whole, he’ll also be tasked with finding some darkhorse depth options who can get the ball to the more established high-leverage options such as Chris Martin and Kenley Jansen.

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