Red Sox announce roster moves

February 22nd, 2021

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today made the following roster moves:

  • Claimed right-handed pitcher Joel Payamps off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Placed outfielder Franchy Cordero on the COVID-19 Related Injured List.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.

Payamps, 26, made two appearances for the Diamondbacks in each of the last two seasons, posting a 3.86 ERA (3 ER/7.0 IP) with five strikeouts, six walks, and a .261 opponent batting average (6-for-23). A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, the right-hander was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. In 145 career minor league games (119 starts) between the Rockies (2011-14) and Diamondbacks (2016-19) organizations, he is 41-43 with a 4.15 ERA (307 ER/665.2 IP) and only 0.68 home runs allowed per 9.0 innings. This off-season, Payamps made eight relief appearances for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts and just two walks.

Cordero, 26, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-team trade earlier this month. He has appeared in 95 major league games with the San Diego Padres (2017-19) and Royals (2020), batting .236 (67-for-284) with 12 home runs and a .737 OPS. The left-handed hitter has made 38 starts in center field, 24 in left field, and nine in right field, totaling four outfield assists in his major league career. Originally signed by San Diego in 2011, the Dominican native made Opening Day rosters with the Padres in 2019 and with the Royals in 2020. Last year, he was traded to Kansas City on July 16 but missed a majority of the season on the injured list with a sprained right wrist, going 8-for-38 (.211) with two home runs in 16 games.