Red Sox Designate Bowden, Exposito For Assignment

The Red Sox have designated Michael Bowden and Luis Exposito for assignment, tweets Alex Speier of  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.

24 Responses to Red Sox Designate Bowden, Exposito For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. soxin10 3 years 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 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).

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

  3. johnsilver 3 years 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.

  4. Ryan 3 years ago

    Phillies will pick up bowden

    • johnsilver 3 years 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 ago

        I’d probably add the Cubs as well.

      • Snoochies8 3 years 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 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 ago

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

  5. chowdah219 3 years 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..

  6. AirmanSD 3 years 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 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 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 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.

  7. DT Flush234 3 years 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.

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

  9. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    Cubs claim him, Sox ask for Garza/Castro.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Oh, you are quite the humorous one…

      • johnsilver 3 years 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…


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

    • sharenski 3 years ago

      It’s funny because you made them upset

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

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