March 23, 2014

Dalton native Mitchell Boggs no longer with White Sox

Mitchell Boggs’ career is once again taking a turn.

The Chicago White Sox waived the Dalton native on Sunday morning with hopes of granting his unconditional release, according to MLB.com, to reduce its spring roster to 33 players.

The decision was part of multiple personnel moves, including sending down four players to minor league assignments. The 2002 Dalton High School graduate had a 12.79 ERA in seven relief appearances this spring, according to MLB.com, but is two years removed from shining with the St. Louis Cardinals as one of the top setup men in baseball.

Boggs was on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series team and spent the 2012 season as the Cardinals’ setup reliever. He led the National League in holds with 34 and also had a 4-1 record and 2.21 ERA. His 2013 campaign included an 0-3 record and 11.05 ERA in 18 appearances.

He started the year as the team’s closer when No. 1 stopper Jason Motte suffered a season-ending injury, but Boggs failed in three of his five save opportunities. He made two stints with the Cardinals’ Triple-A Memphis affiliate before the trade to the Rockies.

In Colorado, Boggs made two promising appearances to bring his ERA to 8.10, but he again was sent to the minors. He made another trip to the majors and finished the season with a 3.12 ERA in nine appearances with the Rockies.

After the Rockies chose not to bring Boggs back, he signed a $1.1 million deal with the White Sox. This was the first free agent experience for the University of Georgia graduate.

According to the report on MLB.com, general manager Rick Hahn said Boggs showed improvement after taking suggestions from pitching coach Don Cooper on delivery changes.

Hahn did not rule out a return to one of the club’s minor league organizations, Triple-A Charlotte, if no other team immediately signs him.

“This gives (Boggs) the opportunity to, perhaps, catch on with someone else before Opening Day,” Hahn said in the report. “As I told him directly, if he does not, we would be very happy to have him in Charlotte and continue on some of the progress we felt we made.”

Attempts to reach Boggs were unsuccessful.

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