Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 26: Ryan Brasier #70 of the Boston Red Sox is relieved during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on August 26, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It’s about time the Boston Red Sox moved on from Ryan Brasier.

The Red Sox have designated the veteran reliever for assignment, according to … Brasier himself. He reportedly told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe that he received a DFA.

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  • Brasier remains listed on the Red Sox’ official 40-man roster as of Monday morning. The team hasn’t officially announced the move. On Saturday, they tweeted that they’ve promoted utility man Pablo Reyes to the major league roster and optioned Bobby Dalbec to Triple-A Worcester.

    If and when Brasier is designated for assignment, he will be removed from the 40-man roster and the Red Sox will then have seven days to either trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers. If he clears waivers, he can be released. It’s possible that he could reject being waived altogether and go straight to the open market.

  • SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JUNE 12: Ryan Brasier #70 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park on June 12, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    Ryan Brasier (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • Brasier deserves credit for coming aboard to the Red Sox in 2018 and putting it all together for that run, posting a 1.60 ERA in 34 regular season appearances. He then had a 1.04 ERA in the playoffs, as the 108-54 Red Sox blistered their way to a World Series championship.

    But Brasier simply hasn’t been the same pitcher for a long time. In 83.1 innings from 2022 to this season, Brasier has an ugly 6.16 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. His 2023 ERA is at 7.29 as of Monday.

    His fastball velocity isn’t the issue. He’s at 95.6 this season on his heater, according to Fangraphs. Hitters are simply making more contact and putting the ball in play more, which has led to trouble. Brasier’s swing-and-miss rate is down to 10.4 percent; compare that to 15.9 percent at his peak in 2020.

  • The Red Sox have gotten strong starts out of newer faces in their retooled bullpen. Most notably, Josh Winckowski and John Schreiber have a combined 2.40 ERA and a 3-0 record. Ostensibly, their success ultimately made Brasier expendable.

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