The Red Sox announced multiple 40-man roster moves today, adding several minor-leaguers and trimming two right-handed pitchers. Austin Maddox was outrighted to Triple-A while William Cuevas was released to sign on with the Korea Baseball Organizations KT Wiz.
The 27-year-old Maddox burst onto the MLB scene late in 2017, turning heads by allowing just one earned run in 17 1/3 relief appearances. That brief showing did not exactly portend a lengthy run of dominance, as his peripherals and broader track record was quite a bit more modest. Still, it seemed clear that Maddox had a chance to carve out a strong major-league career.
Unfortunately, shoulder problems kept Maddox off the hill for almost all of the 2018 season. He ultimately required rotator cuff surgery at the end of the season, which is expected to knock him out of action for much or all of the campaign to come. While the Boston organization could have stashed Maddox on the 60-day DL before the start of the season, outrighting him opened the roster spot for use over the winter.
As for Cuevas, he has seen limited MLB opportunities over the past several seasons, struggling through the 22 1/3 innings he has thrown at the game’s highest level. In parts of four seasons at Triple-A, Cuevas carries a 3.94 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 through 411 1/3 frames. He’ll have a chance in the KBO to earn some money, pitch in a competitive environment, and attempt to show he’s deserving of a return to the majors.