Red Sox decline option on LHP Matt Thornton

November 02, 2013 - 1:23 pm

The Red Sox announced on Saturday that they elected to decline the team's $6 million option on left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, instead electing to pay the $1 million buyout. As a result, the veteran -- acquired in July from the White Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs -- is a free agent.  The 37-year-old went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings spanning 20 appearances with nine strikeouts and five walks for the Red Sox after the Sox traded for him on July 12, just before the All-Star break. Overall, he totaled an 0-4 record with a 3.74 ERA in 60 games out of the bullpen this season. Though he stayed with the Sox throughout the postseason in case the team needed an injury replacement, he was not on the playoff roster for any of the three rounds. The 10-year major league veteran is 32-42 with a 3.53 ERA in 606 career appearances, including one start.