We’re waiting for the Red Sox to make their decisions regarding the five arbitration-eligible players on the roster and whether or not they will tender them contracts for 2021, but in the meantime we did get a little news on the bottom of the roster. Last week, the team claimed pitcher Joel Payamps off waivers from the Diamondbacks, and to make room on the roster they designated Robert Stock for assignment. On Wednesday, they announced Stock has been claimed off waivers by the Cubs.
RHP Robert Stock today was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.— Red Sox (@RedSox) December 2, 2020
The Red Sox have put many bottom-of-the-roster pitchers on waivers this winter, and Stock now becomes the second who was actually claimed. The first was Domingo Tapia, who was claimed by the Mariners earlier in the winter.
Stock was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox in the summer and he spent the year bouncing back and forth between Boston and the Alternate Site in Pawtucket. In total, he tossed 13 1⁄3 innings with a 4.73 ERA, 14 strikeouts and 10 walks. There is some potential here given the velocity, and it wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world to be able to keep Stock around in Triple-A as potential depth. That said, the control is a major issue, and he’s also 31, so the loss will be marginal at best.
We will always have his very good Twitter account, though.