Relief pitcher Heath Hembree has played for seven teams in his 10-year major-league career. His most recent MLB action came with the Dodgers in 2022, when he posted a 7.94 ERA in six games before LA designated him for assignment to make room to activate Tommy Kahnle from the 60-day injured list in September.
Hembree has played for six teams in the past three seasons, and the journeyman will continue his journey with a new franchise in 2023.
Hembree was solid in his seven seasons with the Red Sox, posting a 127 ERA+ in 238 innings from 2015-19. He struggled in 2020 and was traded to the Phillies midseason, where he was even worse. His ERA over the past three seasons is 6.64 (68 ERA+) in 99 innings.
Hembree just turned 34, and it’s a little surprising he found a taker for his services this offseason. He’ll likely serve as minor-league depth for the Rays, but it’s hard to picture his role being any bigger than that.
The right-handed Hembree was part of the 2018 Red Sox team that beat the Dodgers in the World Series. He threw one scoreless inning in the series, the 11th inning of the 18-inning Game 3 that ended with Max Muncy’s walkoff homer. Unfortunately, that was LA’s only win of the series.
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