The Tyler Thornburg era with Red Sox comes to an end

Rob Bradford
July 10, 2019 - 1:57 pm

The Red Sox made it official Wednesday: Tyler Thornburg's time with the team has come to an end.

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The Sox announced that Thornburg has been released, this after the reliever refused a minor-league assignment Tuesday.

Thornburg's $1.75 million salary for the 2019 season will continue to count for luxury tax purposes.

Other than a brief run just prior to last year's non-waiver trade deadline Thornburg never flashed the effectiveness that the Red Sox were banking on when trading for him Dec. 6, 2016. In that deal with Milwaukee Dave Dombrowski sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon (who was recently promoted to the big leagues for the first time) and three other minor leaguers for the reliever.

Thornburg, who missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery, pitched in a total of 41 games for the Red Sox, including 16 this season. He gave up 16 runs in 18 2/3 innings in 2019, having also recently struggled mightily while on a rehab assignment in the minors.

The Red Sox went into 2019 with optimism that Thornburg would be able to pitch in high-leverage situations, identifying the righty along with Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Steven Wright during the offseason as the likely key contributors for late-inning relief work.