Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton, despite a relatively solid year didn’t find himself on any of the Red Sox’s postseason rosters.
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.