Red Sox Trade Connor Seabold to Rockies

Red Sox Trade Connor Seabold to Rockies

11:47 a.m.: The Rockies have announced the trade.

11:28 am: The Rockies have acquired the right-hander Connor Seabold from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, reports Mark Feinsand of (via Twitter). Boston designated Seabold for assignment last week when it finalized its free agent deal Corey Kluber. The Rockies had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so a corresponding trade will not be required.

Seabold, 26, was a mildly surprising DFA by the Red Sox, if only because of his recent status as one of the organization’s most promising pitching prospects. However, there are pronounced durability concerns about the right-hander, due in large part to elbow issues in 2021 and a forearm strain in 2022. Seabold has just 364 career innings since being drafted in 2017; this modest total comes despite its status. as a starting pitcher.

As for his major league work, Seabold has yet to find success. He has totaled just 21 1/3 innings in the majors, all with the Red Sox, and has been tagged for 25 runs in that time. Things have been better in Triple-A, where Seabold pitched well as recently as last season: 86 1/3 innings, 3.32 ERA, 24.7% strikeouts, 5.3% walks .

Despite concerns about his ability to stay in the field and shaky MLB performance thus far, Seabold is pretty much a major league-ready arm who will give the Rockies some depth in the pitching staff, if not a player who could legitimately compete. to start work this spring. Colorado’s rotation will be without Antonio Senzatela to start the season, due to the right-hander’s torn ACL late last year, and the staff has little certainty beyond right. Alemany Marquez and leftists Kyle Freeland (both are looking for a bounce back performance anyway). Jose Urena, Ryan Feltner i Austin Gomber are the ostensible favorites, but each posted an ERA north of 5.00 in 2022.

Seabold also has a minor league option year remaining, so if he doesn’t earn a job out of the outfield, he can still be sent to the minors without having to clear waivers first.

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