The Red Sox declined left-hander Joely Rodriguez’s $4.25 million club option on Saturday, making the oft-injured reliever a free agent. Rodriguez, 31, was the Red Sox’s first free agency signing last winter, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract with a club option for 2024.
Rodriguez was expected to be the club’s primary left-handed reliever, but his season was ruined by three consecutive stints to the disabled list. In the end, the lefty pitched in only 11 games with Boston, compiling a 6.55 ERA and a 1.727 WHIP in 11 innings.
Rodriguez will now earn a $500,000 buyout instead of the option and will be free to join with any other team beginning Monday.
The Red Sox’s decision came a day after the organization declined right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber’s $11 million club option, as well as designated hitter Justin Turner’s $13.4 million player option.
Boston currently has six free agents on the market after finalizing all three of its option decisions. The other three are outfielder Adam Duvall, left-hander James Paxton, and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi.