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Red Sox non-tender reliever, 40-man roster stands at 37
The Boston Red Sox non-tendered right-handed reliever Wyatt Mills, the team announced.
The 28-year-old was pre-arbitration eligible, but missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox elected to move on from the righty.
Mills riginally acquired last offseason from the Kansas City Royals last offseason after he was designated for assignment. Boston sent right-handed hurler Jacob Wallace to complete the deal.
Wallace pitched in Double-A posting a 4.20 ERA last season.
The 28-year-old sidearmer looked strong during spring training until he was shut down due to a flexor injury. Mills was placed on the 15-day IL prior to the start of the season but was later moved to the 60-day IL on April 16.
The team announced Dr. Keith Meister performed the surgery at Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery in Arlington, Texas.
The Red Sox tendered contracts to the remaining arbitration-eligible players Reese McGuire, Nick Pivetta, John Schreiber and Alex Verdugo.
McGuire was a candidate to be non-tendered before Friday night’s deadline. He is projected to earn $1.7 million next season. Barring a trade this winter, the Red Sox will move forward with Connor Wong and McGuire again next season.
The 28-year-old catcher played in 72 games last season, hitting .267 with one homer, 12 doubles and a .668 OPS. He missed time with an oblique injury but came back before the end of the season.
Boston was busy on Friday night trading infielder Luis Urías to the Mariners for right-handed reliever Isaiah Campbell.
The 26-year-old is a former second-round pick (2019) who pitched very well as a rookie out of the Mariners’ bullpen in 2023. The right-hander allowed just nine earned runs in 28 2/3 innings (2.83 ERA) while striking out 33 batters.
Campbell will compete for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen next season. He will join Zack Kelly and Nick Robertson as other right-handed options vying for a spot in the bullpen.
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