Source: Ryan Rowland-Smith has July 15th opt-out date
Red Sox left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith has a July 15th opt-out date in his minor league contract, a source has confirmed to SportsReelBoston.com. The 30-year old has not been given any indication about his future with the organization, and will likely exercise the out clause if he is not called up to the majors by July 15th, according to the source.
Rowland-Smith has been excellent in 25 relief appearances for Pawtucket on the year, posting a 5-0 record and 1.03 ERA in 43.2 innings of work. He will likely be considered for a call-up in the next two weeks, but his status as a non-40-man roster player hurts his chances of seeing time with the big league club. If the Sox wanted to add Rowland-Smith to the bullpen, they would have to clear spots on both the 25 and 40-man rosters.
After spending the 2012 season with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, Rowland-Smith received mild interest from many teams who had concerns about his health. He threw for seven teams in Arizona in January, and agreed to sign a minor league deal with the Sox on February 24th. If he decides to opt out of his deal with the Red Sox, he will likely be able to sign a major league deal with a team in search of bullpen help in late July due to his strong performance this year and track record of major league success.
In four seasons with the Mariners from 2007 to 2010, Rowland was 12-17 with a 4.57 ERA in 115 appearances (47 starts). He was used primarily as a starter in his last two seasons with the team, but has been strictly used as a bullpen arm in Pawtucket this season.