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With just five days until Opening Day, the Boston Red Sox are making a flurry of moves. Their latest move included optioning relievers Robby Scott and Roenis Elias to the minor leagues. This news was first reported by Pete Abraham.
With Scott and Elias optioned, Bobby Poyner looks like a good bet for the roster. Nobody saw that coming in February.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 24, 2018
Report: Red Sox option Robby Scott, Roenis Elias
Scott is a lefty reliever who thrives against lefties, but struggles against righties. The 28-year old spent the entirety of the 2017 season on the major league roster, serving as a one-out lefty specific arm. Entering camp, he was considered one of the top lefty arms in the bullpen, and a fairly safe bet for the roster.
However, Scott has had a rough spring. The reliever has appeared in nine games, posting an ugly 8.53 ERA. Manager Alex Cora publicly mentioned going without a lefty specialist in the bullpen, and apparently he wasn’t joking. Scott will likely begin the season in Pawtucket, and will probably bounce on and off the major league roster all season.
Elias first came into the majors as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Red Sox acquired the southpaw, along with Carson Smith, in exchange for Wade Miley. While he showed promise as a back-end starter in the rotation, that hasn’t played out in Boston.
Elias switched to a bullpen role with hopes that he could find a role there. Unfortunately, so far that hasn’t panned out either. Elias will likely begin the season in Pawtucket, and has the upside to be a major contributor in the ‘pen.
The demotion of these two opens the door for Bobby Poyner to make the leap to the major league roster. A 14th round pick in 2015, Poyner has impressed at every minor league stop he’s made in his young career. Despite his low-round draft pedigree, Poyner made it all the way to the Portland Sea Dogs despite being just 25-years old. He hasn’t made the team yet, but he could serve as the lefty specialist that Robby Scott was supposed to be.