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  • Red Sox's Justin Slaten: Adds velo to bullpen

    Slaten's fastball topped out at 97 miles per hour during a scoreless relief inning during Saturday's 4-3 exhibition loss to the Orioles, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports. Slaten's upper-90s velocity made an impression during throwing sessions, and the pitcher carried it over into his Grapefruit League debut. Boston made it an offseason priority to add velocity to a bullpen filled with cutters and sliders, and manager Alex Cora took notice of Slaten following Saturday's game. Slaten was a Rule 5 selection during the offseason and must remain on the major-league roster all season in order to remain part of the Red Sox franchise. The possibility of the 26-year-old right-hander sticking around was bolstered over the weekend when the Red Sox announced Bryan Mata (hamstring) would be sidelined for an undetermined length of time. Both pitchers have been linked this spring due to neither having minor-league options.
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  • Red Sox's Justin Slaten: Sent over to Boston

    The Red Sox acquired Slaten from the Mets on Wednesday in exchange for Ryan Ammons and cash considerations. New York just plucked Slaten away from the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft, but the 26-year-old right-hander is once again on the move. He registered a 2.87 ERA and 86:20 K:BB in 59.2 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2023.
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  • Mets' Justin Slaten: Plucked in Rule 5 Draft

    The Mets selected Slaten during the 2023 Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday. Slaten spent most of last season at the Double-A level and had a 3.16 ERA and 76:16 K:BB over 51.1 innings, and he gave up just one run in his five appearances at Triple-A down the stretch. That apparently wasn't enough for the Rangers to justify adding him to the 40-man roster, allowing the Mets to select him. The 26-year-old has plenty of strikeout potential and will need to be with the big-league club for all of 2024 in order to stick in Queens.
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  • Rangers' Justin Slaten: Placed on injured list

    Slaten (undisclosed) has been placed on the 7-Day injured list at High-A Hickory. Slaten, the No. 86 overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft, has struggled since his professional debut. He had a 6.46 ERA in rookie ball in 2019 and has a 6.40 ERA and 44:30 K:BB in 32.1 innings at Double-A this season.
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