Joel Payamps, Added By Red Sox This Offseason, Claimed By Blue Jays On Waivers

Payamps never threw a pitch for the Sox

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The Joel Payamps era in Boston lasted three months and didn’t feature him throwing a single pitch.

The Red Sox at the beginning of the offseason added the 26-year-old reliever off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. But Boston ended up designating Payamps for assignment Feb. 3 and he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The news was posted on both teams’ respective transactions wires, so it’s a done deal.

Payamps became expendable as the Red Sox continued to add to their bullpen. Thus far this offseason, they’ve acquired Adam Ottavino, as well as some swing arms in Matt Andriese and Garrett Richards, though both presumably will vie for roles in the rotation.

The right-handed Payamps also was going to be something of a wild card, as he’s only made four big league appearances in his career. In seven innings across two seasons (both in Arizona), he’s allowed six hits, four runs (three earned) and six walks while striking out five.

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