He won’t find himself on their 2014 opening day roster either as the team decided to decline Thornton’s $6 million dollar option for 2014 today.
Red Sox decline Matt Thornton’s option, he’s a free agent.
Considering Thornton wasn’t used in the playoffs, the writing was on the wall for the 36-year-old southpaw.
Despite the declining of his contract, he’ll leave Boston with a World Series ring and $1 million dollars in a buyout from the contract, so his Saturday afternoon wasn’t all that bad.
A former first round pick in 1998, Thornton shouldn’t have much trouble latching on with another team considering how needy most bullpens are of a left handed arm and the fact that he hasn’t had an ERA over 3.46 since 2007 (excluding this past season).
Expect Thornton to get a minor league deal and eventually work himself onto a Major League roster by the end of Spring Training.