Barraclough elected free agency Tuesday. Barraclough evidently wasn't going to play a role in San Diego this season, so he'll wind up looking for work elsewhere. The 30-year-old owns a solid 3.53 ERA in 252.1 career big-league innings, but he slipped to a 5.61 mark last year, making him unlikely to be a particularly appealing candidate on the open market.
Barraclough was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday. Barraclough signed with the Padres in December and had a chance to earn a spot in the big-league bullpen, but he struggled with a 13.50 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in Cactus League play. Once a promising high-leverage reliever with the Marlins, Barraclough will start the season in the minors and attempt to earn his way back to the major-league level.
Barraclough signed a minor-league contract Tuesday with the Padres that includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Barraclough elected free agency after being designated for assignment at the end of October, and he'll receive his next opportunity in San Diego. The 29-year-old never got his feet under him in 2019, struggling to a 5.61 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 40:21 K:BB over 33.2 innings between the Nationals and Giants. Barraclough was a solid bullpen piece for the Marlins as recently as 2017, so he could carve out a role in the Friars' bullpen if he can turn things around.
Barraclough cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento but elected to become a free agent Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Barraclough was expected to be a part of the solution for the Nationals' bullpen entering the 2019 season after he was acquired from the Marlins, but he delivered a 6.66 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 30:12 K:BB over 25.2 innings before he was traded to the Giants. The 29-year-old's previous success should lead to some interested teams in free agency, but he could be forced to settle for a minor-league deal in 2020.
Barraclough was designated for assignment by the Giants on Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 29-year-old recorded a career-worst 5.61 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched last season between the Nationals and Giants, and he now finds himself off the 40-man roster. Given his major-league experience and relative success in the past, it wouldn't be surprising to see a team claim him off waivers, but his struggles to limit baserunners over the past two seasons may cause some concern. Left-hander Tyler Anderson was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in a corresponding move.
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