The Twins announced that they’ve designated left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers for assignment. His roster spot will go to right-hander Addison Reed, whose previously reported two-year, $16.75MM contract has been announced by the team.
Boshers, 30 in May, parlayed a minor league deal with the Twins in the 2015-16 offseason into 71 innings of work and more than a year of service at the big league level. In parts of his two seasons with Minnesota, the southpaw turned in a 4.56 ERA. Boshers impressed with an 8.2 K/9 rate against 2.2 BB/9, but he’s also been somewhat homer-prone (1.3 HR/9). He’s also been clobbered by right-handed opponents in that time; while Boshers limited lefties to a lowly .231/.262/.345 batting line through 122 plate appearances, righties knocked him around at a .268/.330/.485 clip in 183 PAs.
Boshers does have a minor league option remaining and has had his share of success against left-handed opponents, so it’s possible that he latches on elsewhere as a potential lefty specialist. If not, he’ll return to a Twins organization where he’s now behind Taylor Rogers, offseason signee Zach Duke and young Gabriel Moya on the depth chart for left-handed relievers.
One of the better players to be DFA’d this offseason.
Fuck Me Bitch
Huge sigh of relief.
So glad it wasn’t Moya
Chris Sale Amateur Tailor
solid depth piece but we had no more space and guys with more upside ahead of him
So long. No big loss here
Just a sign twins are getting better when they can cut guys like boshers. A year ago he was a needed piece.
Easiest decision of the offseason.
Jeremy Johnson 2
Damn, Boshers is a beast in my mlb the show franchise
He was good in 2016, but his velo dropped by 2 mph last season as did his GB%. His peripherals suggest that he was lucky to even escape with his lackluster bottom line results.