The Red Sox have designated right-hander Joel Payamps for assignment, per a club announcement. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to righty Garrett Richards, whose previously reported one-year deal is now official after he passed his physical.
The 26-year-old Payamps was claimed off waivers out of the D-backs organization earlier in the winter and has not pitched in a game for the Red Sox. Payamps, who has just seven Major League innings under his belt, pitched just three innings in the Major Leagues with the D-backs in 2020 and otherwise spent the year at the team’s alternate training site.
In his last minor league action, Payamps struggled in a hitter-friendly setting with Triple-A Reno in the Pacific Coast League but was solid in Double-A Jackson in both 2018 and 2019. He’s worked as both a starter and a reliever in the minors, and he has a minor league option remaining for the upcoming 2021 season, which could lead to some interest from another club on the waiver wire. Boston will have a week to trade Payamps, release him or attempt to pass him through outright waivers.