The Red Sox announced that they have released supply man Marwin González. That was the expected result after Boston appointed the 32-year-old to the job last week. The Sox also officially added dispensation claims Travis Shaw to the active roster and optional outfielder Franchy Lamb and the catcher Connor Wong to Triple-A Worcester.
González’s tenure in Boston was a disappointment signed a one-year deal over the winter. He hit a career-worst .202 / .281 / .285 with two home runs across 271 record appearances. It marked his second in a row very bad season on the plate, as González also fought last year – his final with the twins. His outrageous 2017 season looks like an outlier, but González hit a league-average level from 2018-19 before dropping out over the last two years.
González covered a $ 3MM guarantee, of which about $ 738K is still to be paid. Any club claiming González from dispensations would assume this obligation, but it looks more likely that the switch-hitter will pass unannounced and reach free agency, leaving the Red Sox on the hook for the money. At the time, another team could sign González and owe him the proportionate minimum wage for any time he spends on the big league list, which would be deducted from what he owes Boston. If González lands elsewhere before August 31, he would be eligible for his new team’s post-season list.
The Red Sox are off tonight, but will get a double-header against the Yankees tomorrow. Tanner Houck will be recalled as the 27th man to start one half of that twin bill. Boston’s couple of optional assignments leave another active roster open, and Ian Browne of MLB.com notes hope is soothing Josh Taylor activated from the list of wounded tomorrow. Taylor landed on COVID-19 IL over the weekend, but has apparently not tested positive for this point. If Taylor is really ready for reintroduction, Boston will have to create a 40-man roster.