The Boston Red Sox’s 40-man roster is at 40 players exact after they protected seven Rule 5 Draft eligible prospects Friday.
Bryan Mata, Jay Groome, Connor Wong, Jeisson Rosario, Hudson Potts, Connor Seabold and Eduard Bazardo were added to the roster.
Meanwhile, Boston outrighted left-handed pitcher Kyle Hart to Triple A and designated pitchers Matt Hall and Ryan Weber for assignment.
The roster turnover has been significant already this offseason and will continue.
The Red Sox already have outrighted nine players — Hart, Zack Godley, José Peraza, César Puello, Dylan Covey, Tzu-Wei Lin, Robinson Leyer, Mike Kickham and Andrew Triggs. Everyone but Hart became a free agent.
The Mariners also claimed Domingo Tapia off waivers from Boston. The Sox declined Martin Perez’s $6.85 million option for 2021, making him a free agent Jackie Bradley Jr. elected free agency.
The Red Sox, moving forward, must open spots every time they add a free agent. Boston is expected to be active this offseason. It must add starting pitching, relief help and an outfielder.
The non-tender deadline (Dec. 2) is the next important date to watch. Arbitration-eligible players Kevin Plawecki, Austin Brice and Ryan Brasier are non-tender candidates. As our Chris Cotillo wrote Friday, “There’s some talk of Matt Barnes as a non-tender candidate, but I don’t see it. Chaim Bloom is known to be a huge fan of his.”
Plawecki had a strong season as the backup catcher in 2020. Ryan Brasier…