Boxberger was not tendered a contract by Arizona for next season. Boxberger will become a free agent after spending just one year in Arizona on a $1.85 million deal. He appeared in 60 games for the Diamondbacks, racking up 32 saves in 40 opportunities while posting a 4.39 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. The 30-year-old typically has served as a setup man throughout his major-league career, but he could get the chance to compete for a ninth-inning role depending on where he lands this winter.
Boxberger allowed one run on two hits over one inning Tuesday, blowing the save but picking up the win against the Dodgers. Boxberger was called on to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, but he allowed a single and double to the first two batters he faced to allow the game-tying run to score. He'd eventually be bailed out by Eduardo Escobar's walkoff home run in the ninth inning. Boxberger had been removed from the closer role earlier in the month, but with replacement Yoshihisa Hirano allowing five runs over his last three innings, it appears the ninth-inning situation in Arizona may again be in flux over the final four games of the season.
Manager Torey Lovullo said that he will play the matchups moving forward rather than have a designated closer, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Boxberger has allowed at least one run in three of his last four appearances, taking the loss in all three while raising his ERA from 3.45 to 4.40 in the process. His recent struggles have prompted Lovullo to turn to a committee in the ninth inning for now, with Yoshihisa Hirano and Archie Bradley looking like the top candidates to see save chances.
Boxberger (2-7) allowed three earned runs on three hits while only managing to record one out to blow the save and take the loss Sunday against the Braves. Boxberger entered the game to begin the ninth inning with a one-run lead but allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base before surrendering a three-run homer to Ender Inciarte. He has now allowed at least one earned run in three of his past four appearances, taking the loss in all three. Manager Torey Lovullo said Boxberger was still the team's closer on Friday night, but his continued struggles may call his role into question.
Boxberger recorded the final two outs against the Braves on Friday to earn the save. Andrew Chafin collected the first out of the ninth frame before Boxberger was called upon to take care of the final two outs in the 5-3 victory over the Braves. Despite a handful of shaky outings recently, Boxberger still appears to have a hold on the closer duties in Arizona. He has a 3.88 ERA to go along with 68 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season.