Fernando Abad
RP BOS
6 days ago

Abad has rejoined Boston's spring training and is scheduled to throw two innings Tuesday, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad fared well for Team Domincan Republic, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. The left-hander returns to the Red Sox knowing a roster spot isn't yet secured. Fellow lefties Robby Scott and Edgar Olmos have pitched well during the spring. Abad's contract will play a role in the decision of which player opens the season on the major league roster. Scott is on the 40-man roster already while the non-rostered Olmos would need to be added to the 40-man. Boston can preserve as much organizational depth as possible by keeping Abad and stashing the others at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Abad has not allowed a run in two outings for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. He's given up two hits without a walk or a strikeout in 1.1 innings.

EDGE Analysis

We certainly understand a player wanting to perform for his country, but Abad is competing for a roster spot with Robby Scott for the second left-handed reliever spot in Boston's bullpen. Being away from club doesn't help his chances and his $2 million salary is not guaranteed if he doesn't make the roster out of spring training. Scott, who hasn't allowed a run in six spring innings, is a cheaper alternative who could wrest that bullpen spot from Abad.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
1 month ago

Abad, who didn't pitch well after being acquired by Boston last season and was left off the postseason roster, was retained by the Red Sox because they recognize he can be an effective left-handed reliever, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad had a 6.39 ERA over 12.2 innings in 18 games for Boston, but left-handed hitters were just 3-for-23 (.130) against him, suggesting he can still be a useful left-handed specialist. He'll join Robbie Ross as the primary left-handers in Boston's bullpen.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
2 months ago

Abad lost his arbitration case and will make $2 million in 2017, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was asking for $2.7 million, and the arbiter sided with the Red Sox, who were offering $2 million. Abad and Robbie Ross will enter the season as Boston's top two lefty relievers, but neither pitcher figures to see much high-leverage work.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
5 months ago

The Red Sox will tender a contract to Abad, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad, who was left off the postseason roster after an awful two months following his acquisition, is entering the final year of arbitration and figures to make in the neighborhood of $2 million. If he can pitch anything like he did with Minnesota, that Abad would be a bargain.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
7 months ago

Abad will move to lower-leverage situations in an attempt to rebuild his confidence, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. "There have been some pitches mislocated in the strike zone that have allowed some hitters back into at-bats," manager John Farrell said. "For the type of stuff that he has, and his overall strike-throwing ability... he's not a guy who is typically wild. We have to get some confidence rolling in his favor."

EDGE Analysis

Farrell hinted at this change after Abad's last outing, in which he allowed two inherited runners and one of his own to score without getting an out. Robbie Ross moves from the low-leverage, middle relief role to be the late-inning lefty.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
7 months ago

Abad was charged with a run and let two inherited runners score in Tuesday night's win over Baltimore. In seven games over four innings for Boston, Abad has given up five runs on seven hits and three walks.

EDGE Analysis

If you want to know what an 11.25 ERA or a 2.50 WHIP looks like, check out Abad's line while with Boston. It appears Tuesday's outing was the final straw for manager John Farrell, who told Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald that he will stop using Abad in high-leverage situations for now and have Robbie Ross work setup when a left-hander his required. "We're going to have to get some work done to gain a little confidence and get him going," Farrell said. "We've used (the other bullpen lefty Robbie Ross Jr.) early in the game because he's got multi-inning capability. But we're probably going to have to shift that here a little bit."

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
7 months ago

Abad (1-6) was tagged by Red Sox hitters Wednesday, allowing two runs on two hits and lasting just 0.1 innings while taking the blown save and loss.

EDGE Analysis

The blown save was actually Abad's second since joining the Red Sox at the trade deadline, and raised his ERA to 3.19. Abad was hardly the only Boston reliever knocked around Wednesday, as the Yankees exploded for eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings off Red Sox relievers. Even with Craig Kimbrel day-to-day with knee soreness, Abad doesn't figure to get save opportunities for the Red Sox, as the blown save Wednesday was an obscure scoring fluke.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
8 months ago

Abad allowed a three-run homer to the Mariners' Robinson Cano and was tagged with the loss and a blown save in Boston's 5-4 loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to stepping into the box with two men on during the eighth inning Tuesday night, Cano had been 1-for-11 against Abad, who had held left-handed batters to a .180 batting average and .340 slugging percentage this season. A situation like this is precisely the reason why Boston acquired Abad. The newly acquired left-handed reliever left a curve ball out over the plate and Cano didn't miss it. The homer provided the winning margin in a game that Boston appeared to have in hand when entering the eighth inning with a 4-0 lead. Abad will get opportunities to make amends, but his Boston debut was a stunner.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
8 months ago

Abad has been traded to Boston pending the completion of a medical review, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not clear what the Twins are getting in return, but it may just be a player to be named later. Abad has had a bounce-back season with the Twins, but has struggled since the start of June by allowing eight runs in 14.2 innings with just a 11:9 K:BB. He'll add depth as a left-handed setup many for the Red Sox.