Blaine Boyer Elects Free Agency


Earlier this week, the Padres had to make some moves in order to protect some minor league players from the Rule V Draft. They protected Tayron Guerrero, Taylor Lindsey and Alex Dickerson and DFA’d reliever Blaine Boyer and outfielder Yeison Asencio

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According to UT-San Diego’s Dennis Lin, Boyer decided to elect free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A.

Boyer hadn’t appeared in the majors since 2011 with the Mets until last season when the Padres took a chance on him.  Boyer appeared in 32 games last season, going 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA. In 40 innings, he only gave up 34 hits which is good. He’s not a power arm. He only struck out 29.

Boyer could be a guy who gets brought back on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

It’s not a huge loss. The Padres have all sorts of power arms for the bullpen. Guys like Kevin Quackenbush and R.J. Alvarez can set up in front of Joaquin Benoit in 2015. They also have Alex Torres from the left side, so the bullpen will continue to be a strength without Boyer.