Boxberger is expected to break camp with the Marlins, Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports.
The veteran is in camp as a non-roster invitee, but he's shown increased velocity and owns a strong 6:0 K:BB in 5.1 innings this spring while allowing just a single hit and a single run. With 77 career saves to his name, he has a shot to earn high-leverage work in Miami this season, though Brandon Kintzler is expected to open the year as the closer.
Boxberger has looked good to begin spring training and is sitting 93-94 mph with his fastball, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The last time the right-hander had that kind of giddyup on his heater, he was racking up 41 saves for the Rays in 2015. Boxberger has yet to give up a run through 3.1 innings this spring with a 4:0 K:BB, and if he continues to demonstrate he still has some gas left in his tank, the 31-year-old could begin the season in a high-leverage role for the Marlins.
Boxberger agreed Thursday with the Marlins on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Boxberger arrives in Miami with two 30-save seasons on his resume, but he's unlikely to factor into the Marlins' closer competition this spring. The 31-year-old may not even be a viable setup option at this stage of his career, as he's coming off a rough 2019 season with Kansas City in which he posted a 5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 27:17 K:BB in 26.2 innings before being waived in July. He went on to land minor-league deals from Washington and Cincinnati later in the summer, but both organizations released him when he was unable to earn a promotion back to the big leagues. Boxberger will get another opportunity in Miami to compete for a bullpen job, though he'll remain well off the fantasy radar unless he somehow finds himself back in a high-leverage role.
Boxberger was released by the Reds on Friday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Boxberger inked a minor-league deal with the Reds on Aug. 6, but his time with Triple-A Louisville didn't last long. He surrendered seven runs on 10 hits and five walks while fanning eight over 5.1 innings.
Boxberger agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Boxberger was let go by the Nationals on Sunday, but the right-hander's time on the open market didn't last long. He'll likely join Cincinnati's Triple-A affiliate, the Bats, as bullpen depth. Boxberger has struggled to a 5.40 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with a 27:17 K:BB over 26.2 innings this season in the big leagues.
The Nationals released Boxberger from his minor-league contract Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Boxberger was with the organization for just over three weeks and apparently wasn't viewed as a solution for the leaky bullpen at the big-league level. He at least pitched well at Double-A Harrisburg during his time with Washington, giving up one earned run on six hits and three walks over 8.2 innings while striking out 11. The 31-year-old should be able to land another minor-league deal in the near future or find work overseas, should he elect to pursue opportunities abroad.
Boxberger agreed to a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Boxberger saved 32 games for the Diamondbacks just last season, but his 2019 campaign has gone very poorly. He struggled to a 5.40 ERA in 26.2 innings with the Royals before being released in early July. The veteran will head to Double-A Harrisburg, the Nationals' geographically closest high-minors affiliate, in hopes of proving himself worthy of a return to the big leagues.
Boxberger was placed on unconditional release waivers by the Royals on Monday.
Boxberger was designated for assignment last week and can still be claimed by the rest of the league, but it's no major surprise to see him parting ways with the Royals. The 31-year-old had a 5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 27:17 K:BB over 26.2 innings after signing a one-year, $2.2 million deal in February.
The Royals designated Boxberger for assignment Wednesday.
Though Boxberger had turned in a palatable 3.77 ERA in 17 appearances since the beginning of May, his 1.40 WHIP and 5.7 BB/9 didn't paint as rosy a picture of his performance. He'll be replaced in the Kansas City bullpen and active roster by lefty Tim Hill, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.
Boxberger (1-3) picked up the win Friday against the White Sox after allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout through one inning.
Called upon in the seventh inning to reliever starter Homer Bailey with one on and no outs, Boxberger allowed Bailey's runner to score on a fielder's choice, then lost Kansas City's lead by giving up an RBI double to Yoan Moncada. Luckily, the Royals came back in the eighth to provide Boxberger enough run support for the win. The 31-year-old has served primarily in middle relief for the Royals this season and owns a 5.25 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 25:16 K:BB through 25 appearances.
Boxberger blew a save after surrendering two runs on three hits while striking out one during the ninth inning Thursday against Seattle.
Boxberger had put together a pair of scoreless appearances heading into Thursday's series finale, but he managed to squander a two-run lead and the Royals would ultimately give up the winning run in the top of the 10th inning. The 30-year-old continues to have a rough go of it in 2019, accruing a 9.95 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 6.1 frames. Kansas City has struggled to find a reliever who can close out games to this point, with Boxberger and Ian Kennedy blowing save opportunities this week.
Boxberger (0-1) gave up a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one in the 10th inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Twins.
After Ian Kennedy blew the save in the ninth to send the game to extras, Boxberger had his own rough outing, leaving the back of the Royals' bullpen as big a mystery as ever. The right-hander has given up four runs in 2.1 innings to begin his stint in Kansas City, but Boxberger's 3:1 K:BB at least offers a little hope he will turn things around quickly.
Boxberger recorded a one-out save in a 5-3 victory against the White Sox on Opening Day.
The Royals open the season without a full-time closer. Wily Peralta began the ninth inning on the mound Thursday but in a non-save situation. Peralta gave up two runs and only recorded one out, and after two other relief pitchers also couldn't finish the game, Boxberger entered with the bases loaded and two outs. In three pitches, he forced Yolmer Sanchez to line out. It was certainly a nail biter, but with this result, Boxberger may be the Royals' new leader for more save opportunities.
Boxberger retired one of the four hitters he faced in his relief appearance Monday in the Royals' 6-2 loss to the Rangers. He gave up two hits and one walk and struck out a batter.
Per Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star, Boxberger was making his first appearance since Feb. 26 after a minor leg injury prompted the Royals to hold him out of action. The right-hander is seemingly healthy again, but his outing Monday didn't help his case for emerging from spring training as the Royals' closer. The Royals are unlikely to name a ninth-inning man until the conclusion of camp -- if at all -- but Wily Peralta may have the early edge on the gig.
Boxberger allowed three runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
Boxberger's first unofficial appearance as a Royal was less than stellar as his outing included a wild pitch, a stolen base and a two-run home run given up to Yonder Alonso. The veteran right-hander signed with the Royals this offseason and should be ticketed for a high-leverage role at the back of the bullpen.
Manager Ned Yost would not name Boxberger as the team's closer heading into camp, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. "The roles will define themselves over time," Yost said.
Yost also hinted at moving away from a traditional ninth-inning role, instead using his most trusted pitchers in high-leverage situations regardless of the inning. Boxberger, who tallied 32 saves to go with a 4.39 ERA and 71:32 K:BB in 53.1 innings last season, will likely battle Wily Peralta for save opportunities, while Tim Hill represents a left-handed option for late in games.
Boxberger agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Royals on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
The 30-year-old reliever will receive a nice raise after compiling a 4.39 ERA, 71:32 K:BB and 32 saves in 53.1 innings last season with the Diamondbacks. Given that Wily Peralta is the only real competition for saves in Kansas City, Boxberger figures to be a contender for the Royals' closer role from the get-go, boosting his fantasy stock after a lackluster finish to 2018.
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.
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