On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox announced that they had traded for right-handed pitcher Dylan Covey from the Tampa Bay Rays. In order to get Covey onto the team’s Club Player Pool, the Red Sox have removed left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner from the pool. Boston’s Club Player Pool is at 59-players, one spot left.
The 28-year-old Covey has not had really any Major League Success to speak of with a career ERA of 6.54 across 63 outings, 45 which were starts with a total of 250.1 innings pitched.
Covey was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft out of Maranatha High School but he elected to go to the University of San Diego. Covey came out of college in the 2013 draft when the Oakland Athletics drafted him in the fourth round of the draft. He then went to the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 rule 5 draft and then signed with the Rays as a free agent in February of 2020.
Last season with the White Sox Covey posted a 7.98 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched across 18 outings, 12 starts.
Poyner Gets The Short End Of The Stick
As for Bobby Poyner, the 27-year-old lefty has a carer ERA of 4.50 in 33 outings, 34.0 innings pitched. Last year Poyner appeared in just 13 games for Boston posting a 6.94 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.
Adding Covey does give Boston another starting option albeit a very below-average one. Boston did not disclose what it took to get Covey so tough to judge this move by Chaim Bloom. Overall based on Covey’s track record I wouldn’t be putting him on the mound in a big-league game anytime soon, but that’s just me….. According to Baseball-Reference Covey has the second-worst (6.75) ERA in MLB history as a starter amongst pitchers with 45 games starter or higher.