Tyler Thornburg

MLB Rumors: Ex-Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg signs with the Dodgers

MLB Rumors: Ex-Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg signs with the Dodgers

Tyler Thornburg's injury-plagued Red Sox career ended on July 10 when the team released him, but he has signed with another contender in the LA Dodgers, according to Rob Bradford.

Thornburg was supposed to be a major acquisition for the Red Sox back in the winter of 2016. The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw to the Brewers in exchange for the right-handed reliever, and while Shaw has been a definite plus for Milwaukee, hitting 63 home runs from 207-18, Thornburg only pitched in 41 games since the trade. 

It was a really unfortunate development for the Sox and Thornburg. With the Brewers, he posted a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 2016 and could have been a key piece in the Boston bullpen for their World Series run as well this season. Given the Sox need and desire to trade for bullpen arms, having Thornburg as a consistent presence would really have helped this year's team. 

But that's how trades go sometimes. The Red Sox were right for swinging for Thornburg's production, but now they have to look to try out another pitcher or two to bolster their bullpen and put their team in prime position for another deep run in October. 

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Red Sox release Tyler Thornburg after injury-plagued career in Boston

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Red Sox release Tyler Thornburg after injury-plagued career in Boston

Tyler Thornburg's career with the Boston Red Sox officially ended Wednesday when the team released him.

It's safe to say Thornburg's stint in Boston was a massive disappointment.

He was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in December of 2016. The Sox sent first baseman Travis Shaw to the Brewers, and he's played very well for Milwaukee with 63 home runs and 187 RBI in 2017 and 2018 combined. Other minor league players were involved in this trade, too.

Thornburg, at the time of the trade, looked like a great acquisition for the Red Sox. He was an excellent relief pitcher who tallied a 2.15 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and 90 strikeouts over 67 innings during the 2016 season for Milwaukee.

Injuries prevented Thornburg from showing his talents in Boston. He missed the entire 2017 season due to shoulder surgery, and injuries plagued him in 2018 and 2019 as well. He pitched just 42 2/3 innings over 41 appearances for Boston.

Thornburg reportedly refused his minor league assignment earlier this week, which paved the way for Wednesday's decision by the Sox.

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Report: Thornburg refuses minor league assignment, Red Sox poised to release reliever

Report: Thornburg refuses minor league assignment, Red Sox poised to release reliever

The Red Sox appear to have had their decision on right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg made for them.

Thornburg has refused to accept a minor league assignment after completing a 30-day rehab stint for a hip injury at Triple-A Pawtucket and he's "trending toward being released," reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com

Thornburg, 30, has struggled in the majors and on his rehab assignment with the PawSox. In 11 Triple-A appearances, he has a 12.66 ERA, with nine walks and five homers allowed. His major league ERA was 7.71 ERA in 16 appearances before going on the injured list May 24.

The Red Sox traded Travis Shaw and shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon for Thornburg in 2016, hoping to add a set-up man. Thornburg was coming off a career year in which he recorded a 2.15 ERA for Milwaukee, but missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury and hasn't been the same. Meanwhile, Shaw, sent to Triple-A after struggling this season, hit more than 30 home runs in 2017 and 2018. 

Dubon was called up by the Brewers for the first time on Sunday.

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