WEDNESDAY, 6:24pm: Embree cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent, tweets Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
FRIDAY, 10:23pm: The Red Sox designated lefty reliever Alan Embree for assignment, tweets Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. Boston DFA'd the 40-year-old in order to make room for the returning Daisuke Matsuzaka. Embree did not appear in a major league game for Boston this season.
Embree was allowed to opt out of his minor league deal with the BoSox on April 15th, as he had not yet been promoted to the majors. He agreed to extend his deal for another two weeks and was called up ten days later. The contract was set to pay the lefty $500K for making the major league squad, a sum that could have ballooned to as much as $1.1MM with incentives.
Roughly two weeks ago, the veteran reliever stated that he would "go home" if he wasn't on the varsity squad in Boston or presented with another enticing opportunity. Embree told Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald that he will now return home to talk to his agent to see if another team might be interested in his services. Lauber points out that the Phillies were interested at one point, though it's unclear if they still have a spot for him.