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  • Mariners' Marcus Walden: Latches on with Mariners

    Walden signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Monday.

    Walden had been pitching with the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the independent Atlantic League. The 34-year-old last appeared in the big leagues in 2020.

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  • Brewers' Marcus Walden: Joins Milwaukee organization

    Walden agreed to a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Walden makes his return to affiliated ball after most recently pitching in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Gastonia Honey Hunters. The 33-year-old right-hander previously made 93 appearances in the big leagues -- all with Boston -- from 2018 through 2020, accruing a 4.50 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 12.3 K-BB% across 106 innings. He'll report to Triple-A Nashville with his new organization.

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  • Marcus Walden: Catches on with Cubs

    Walden signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Thursday.

    Less than two weeks after being released by the Red Sox, Walden found a home in a new organization. The 32-year-old right-hander made 93 big-league appearances out of Boston's bullpen between 2018 and 2020, but he was unable to earn a promotion to the majors in 2021 after compiling a 4.22 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 42.2 innings at Triple-A Worcester prior to being granted his release.

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  • Marcus Walden: Let go by Boston

    The Red Sox released Walden on Saturday.

    After being outrighted off Boston's 40-man roster in March, Walden pitched exclusively at Triple-A Worcester this season, logging a 4.43 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 40.2 innings. Set to turn 33 years old in September, Walden isn't any sort of developmental piece for the Red Sox, so the organization elected to move on from him to open up a roster spot at Worcester for a younger player.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Outrighted to Triple-A

    The Red Sox outrighted Walden to Triple-A Worcester on Monday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Walden remains in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers when he was designated for assignment last week. The right-hander will continue to compete for a bullpen role with the Red Sox this spring, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot will likely work against him.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: DFA'd by Boston

    Walden was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    The right-hander was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for the signing of Marwin Gonzalez. Walden appeared in 15 games during 2020 and surrendered 23 hits and 14 earned runs with a 10:9 K:BB over 13.1 innings. The 32-year-old had a 3.79 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over the previous two seasons, so he could still make his way back to the majors in 2021.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Picks up first save

    Walden recorded the final two outs of a 5-2 win over the Phillies to notch his first save of the season in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    After Matt Barnes blew the save in the matinee, Boston manager Ron Roenicke elected not to bring his closer back out to protect another lead in the nightcap. Instead, Austin Brice began the seventh inning but walked two batters while getting only one out, giving Walden the opportunity to shut the door on the Phillies. The 31-year-old likely won't be a regular part of the saves picture even if Barnes loses his job, however. On the season, Walden has a 9.53 ERA and 8:9 K:BB through 11.1 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Returns to active roster

    Walden was recalled by the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Walden will return to the major-league pitching staff after Colten Brewer (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Walden wasn't effective in nine relief appearances earlier in the season as he posted a 12.00 ERA and 2.44 WHIP over nine innings.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Optioned off roster

    Walden was optioned to the Red Sox's alternate training site Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Walden hasn't had much success in nine innings of relief this season, posting a 12.00 ERA, a 2.44 WHIP and a 7:8 K:BB. Christian Arroyo was activated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Takes loss versus Toronto

    Walden (0-1) allowed a run on a hit and a walk in one inning, taking the loss Saturday versus the Blue Jays.

    Walden walked Lourdes Gurriel and allowed a single to Randal Grichuk. Rowdy Tellez then hit into a groundout that allowed Gurriel to score, which ultimately left Walden with the loss. The 31-year-old reliever has given up two runs in six innings this season. He's added five strikeouts with a 1.67 WHIP.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Projected for bullpen

    Walden is expected to be a member of the bullpen when the regular season begins, Chris Cotillo of MLB.com reports.

    Walden was a workhorse reliever in 2019, throwing a bullpen-high 78 innings over 70 appearances. The right-hander posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, but he ran into trouble with walks (3.7 BB/9). Walden worked around that by inducing frequent groundballs that turned into outs. He should resume his role as a trusted member of the late-inning relief corps.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Surrenders run Saturday

    Walden allowed a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one inning in a 10-4 loss to the Angels on Saturday.

    Walden was called upon to pitch the second inning as the Red Sox played a bullpen game Saturday, and he allowed a run-scoring single to Mike Trout. The performance raises the right-hander's ERA to 3.41 with a 1.08 WHIP and 66:24 K:BB in 68.2 innings this season.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Notches one-out save

    Walden earned the save Tuesday versus the Rays by recording one out and issuing one walk. He did not record a strikeout.

    Walden entered in a tough spot with the bases loaded and made matters worse by issuing a four-pitch walk to shrink the lead to one run, but he then induced a groundout to finish the contest. Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman already pitched in the contest, providing Walden the chance to close things out. The 30-year-old has a 3.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 54:16 K:BB through 50.2 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Runs into eighth-inning trouble

    Walden allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Indians.

    Walden, who picked up a save in his previous appearance, left a mess in the eighth inning that Matt Barnes had to clean up. Boston scored a pair of its own in the bottom of the eighth and had a three-run lead when it entered the ninth, but Ryan Brasier promptly gave it all away. Walden had earned high-leverage work after a stretch of 22.1 innings during which he allowed just two runs. Boston's closer situation has been unpredictable all season and should remain as such in the eyes of fantasy owners going forward.

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  • Red Sox's Marcus Walden: Notches first save

    Walden earned the save by striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Astros.

    Walden entered the ballgame in the ninth frame with a three-run lead, and he slammed the door without issue. He needed just nine pitches (eight strikes) to get the job done. Walden was a surprising choice for a save situation, though after Matt Barnes was hit with the loss Saturday night, skipper Alex Cora showed that he has confidence in Walden in high-leverage situations.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Age: 35
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R