Red Sox Designate Bowden, Exposito For Assignment

The Red Sox have designated Michael Bowden and Luis Exposito for assignment, tweets Alex Speier of WEEI.com.  The moves were made to allow Boston to promote Jason Repko and Nate Spears.

Bowden, 25, was one of three supplemental first-round picks by Boston in 2005 along with Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie.  The right-hander has a 3.27 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in parts of four Triple-A seasons.  Bowden has also appeared in 39 big league games for the Red Sox over the last five years. 

Exposito, also 25, moved up to Triple-A Pawtucket last season and hit .242/.298/.367 with eight homers in 359 plate appearances.  The catcher was briefly called up to the Red Sox last June but did not appear in a game.


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24 Comments on "Red Sox Designate Bowden, Exposito For Assignment"


soxin10
3 years 4 months ago

I’ve got to believe Bowden will not clear waivers. I thought Albers and Thomas have options left and Bowden has pitched at least as well as them.

MaineSox
3 years 4 months ago

It’s not about options (that would only clear room on the 25 man roster), they needed to make room on the 40 man roster so they would have had to do something like this to make room.

I really don’t like that they designated Bowden though, not at all.  Thomas is a much worse pitcher, and is basically wasting a roster space.  There’s no justifiable reason to risk losing Bowden only to be able to keep Thomas on the roster.  Terrible move in my opinion.

I do reserve the right to change my opinion if they are getting creative somehow though (unless I’m mistaken they can try to work out a trade or pull the player back and keep them on the roster, so maybe they are only doing this to make room for a few days and are going to keep him on the roster in the end – or some such thing).

3 years 4 months ago

Why Bowden why not Albers or Thomas, Bowden pitched better than those 2 in spring training.

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

Not to mention Thomas is worthless and Bowden might have helped until Miller comes back (like next week perhaps). Expo could have been DFA’d over the winter. he has been on a slip n slide for 2 seasons.

Ryan Mooney
3 years 4 months ago

Phillies will pick up bowden

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 He may not last that long.. Twins, Fish, Reds all at a quick glance looking over standings are among teams can pick out with worse records and in need of middle relief help.

I would like to see him with a good team, but really don’t see him going that far to Philly.

jb226
3 years 4 months ago

I’d probably add the Cubs as well.

Snoochies8
3 years 4 months ago

a’s too, their bullpen has been god awful in two weeks, and we didn’t even have that high expectations for them coming into the year. bowden could probably be an improvement, although it’s really just the lefties that have stunk for us.

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 Another good place for him to be would be spacious Oakland and maybe a small piece of a Crisp deal.. Then that is me dreaming there huh…

Snoochies8
3 years 4 months ago

i don’t think that’s too much of a pipedream, bowden plus a low tier MI prospect would be fine 

chowdah219
3 years 4 months ago

Bowden would do well in a big ballpark..hes a pitch to contact fly ball pitcher…With that said, I wouldve let Thomas go instead..
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AirmanSD
3 years 4 months ago

Bowden makes it to the NL, he will not get passed SD. He fits their mold to well. And adding young arms is never a bad idea.  

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 I thought SD had a pretty full ‘pen already?

 Anyway.. Petco would be the absolute 100% perfect stadium for Bowden anyway if he could somehow end up there.. Flyball pitcher, high 3/4 arm slot (shows the ball a bit too much), but still throws..93mphish.. I’s like to see him there and he really has done better since converting to relief work.

AirmanSD
3 years 4 months ago

 SD does have a full pen, but they have room due to having options on several relievers. Spence/Branch could be sent down to make room. And the Padres have followed the ideal of never having too much pitching.

Besides the Padres entered the season with the idea that it would be a rebuilding one, and they plan on moving at least two members of the BP at some point.

gradylittle
3 years 4 months ago

not to mention in that ballpark, I think he’ll do well with the Padres for sure. Shame to see him go from the Sox honestly.

DT Flush234
3 years 4 months ago

I could see a team snatching up Bowden quick. He can throw in the mid 90s had a nice slider and is Reliever that can come out of the Bullpen throwing strikes.

3 years 4 months ago

The Sox might have a trade lined up for Bowden.  That would justify moving him right now (before he implodes) as opposed to Thomas.

Paul Shailor
3 years 4 months ago

Cubs claim him, Sox ask for Garza/Castro.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 4 months ago

Oh, you are quite the humorous one…

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

A quite famous.. Entrepreneur.. Came up with the saying “There is one born every day”. That poster I have a new intention for the saying for…

Edit:

Not you TKO..The original poster who thought was being cute above.

sharenski
3 years 4 months ago

It’s funny because you made them upset

3 years 4 months ago

For those NL team fans I hate to burst your bubble, he must clear waivers in the AL  then he goes through waivers in the NL if unclaimed he can be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.

3 years 4 months ago

al teams that have a space for him(bowden) in the pen: yankees (60 joba and send down phelps), white sox (option nate jones), royals (option teaford), twins (dfa maloney), a’s (option norberto), mariners (options delabar, dfa yoervis medina).
nl teams that have a space for him mets (dfa batista), astros (dfa wesley wright), brewerse (dfa tim dillard), pirates (option jared hughes, dfa duke welker), rockies (option tyler chatwood), pads (option brad brach, dfa nick vincent), giants (option dan otero, dfa tyler graham).  my pick would be to land with the giants.

teams that could think about exposito, even though he shouldn’t be on the 40, maybe do what the yankees did with craig tatum, claim him then outright him.  orioles (dfa zelous wheeler), rays (dfa dane dlr), white sox, royals. he probably with pass through waivers and accept his outright assignment

melonis_rex
3 years 4 months ago

Come on A’s. If the Twins don’t grab him, he fits too well in the Coliseum. And Devine’s hurt again.