The Diamondbacks have non-tendered right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger, according to a team announcement on Friday. Boxberger will enter the free agent pool as one of just a handful of closers available this winter.
The 30-year-old righty was initially picked up by the D-backs during a trade for right-handed pitching prospect Curtis Taylor last November and was elected the team closer at the start of the 2018 season. He finished his run in Arizona with a 4.39 ERA and 32 saves across 60 appearances, complemented by a 5.4 BB/9 ad 12.0 SO/9 through 53 1/3 innings. He saw his stock plummet toward the end of the season, however, and was temporarily booted from the closer role after a handful of shaky relief appearances in September, during which he scattered six runs, three walks, and a single strikeout over two innings.
The Diamondbacks also declined to tender a contract to right-hander Shelby Miller, who was sidelined for the majority of the season while battling from lingering elbow issues, as well as infielder/outfielder Chris Owings, who batted just above the Mendoza Line with a .206/.272/.302 batting line, four homers, and a near career-worst -0.8 fWAR in 2018.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.