The Red Sox designate Scott Schoeneweis for assignment

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Schoeneweiss Sox.jpgThe Red Sox told Scott Schoeneweis that he was being designated for assignment after last night’s game, ending his tenure in Boston. The actual move will come this morning, so the ten-day period during which the team has to trade him, release him or place him on waivers begins today.

It’s never a good thing to be kicked off the 40-man roster but, as many have noted, it’s a tougher thing for Scott Schoeneweis on this day. Why? Because today is the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.  I don’t think you can expect the Red Sox or anyone else to not make these kinds of moves when they are necessary — almost every day was a bad day for someone — but this one has to sting particularly bad. The best you can say of it is that at least Schoeneweis will have a chance to be with his family today, which is how he’s viewing it:

“It’s nothing personal. It’s more difficult for me because it’s tough
for my kids. Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day for me and my
family anyway. But I guess everything happens for a reason, and I’ll be
home for them and for me. There are worse things, obviously, and I’ve
been through all that. We’ll be alright.”

Good luck to Schoeneweis. Here’s hoping, left arm willing, he turns up someplace else soon.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.