Varvaro officially retired from professional baseball Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The 31-year-old was clicking along with a 2.83 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 28.2 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket, but since he wasn't on the Red Sox's 40-man roster, a promotion wasn't forthcoming. Rather than slumming it in the minors or asking for a release, Varvaro has apparently decided to hang up his spikes. The right-hander has appeared in six big-league seasons as a member of three teams, producing a combined 3.23 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 183.2 innings.
Varvaro was assigned to minor league camp Monday. After missing most of the 2015 season with a torn flexor tendon, Varvaro will look to get back on track in 21016, though he'll first have to do so at the minor league level. Varvaro figures to open at Triple-A Pawtucket, which would mark his first minor league action since 2012 as a member of the Braves organization.
Varvaro (elbow) elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Varvaro missed the majority of the 2015 season after undergoing season-ending surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right arm in May. He should be ready for the start of the 2016 season though, and figures to find himself on a major league roster wherever he lands.
The Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for cash. In order to make room for Peguero on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred pitcher Anthony Varvaro to the 60-day disabled list. Peguero was hitting .186/.310/.414 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 70 at-bats with the Rangers.
The Cubs returned pitcher Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox, after he was more seriously injured than first known. Varvaro was designated for assignment on April 29, and the Cubs claimed him off waivers on May 3. The Cubs also designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Triple-A. Varvaro was diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. The Red Sox released a statement, saying, "As a result of his medical condition on the date of his outright assignment to the Cubs, the severity of which was unknown to the Red Sox at the time of the assignment, both clubs agreed that it would be appropriate to return Varvaro to the Red Sox for placement on the disabled list in accordance with the Major League rules." Varvaro was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 29.