A year ago it appeared as though Tyler Thornburg was going to be one of the answers for a Red Sox bullpen with a few question marks.
The reliever was in the midst of finishing off July with five appearances in which he allowed just one hit and not a single run. After the non-waiver trade deadline came and went Dave Dombrowski identified Thornburg was one of the reasons the Red Sox didn't make a move to acquire a reliever prior to August 1.
From that point, things went downhill for Thornburg, ultimately resulting in his release on July 10.
Now, the 30-year-old has found a new home.
According to a major league source, Thornburg has signed on with the Dodgers via a minor-league deal. Despite the agreement taking place prior to the All-Star break, the righty has yet to appear in a minor-league game for any of Los Angeles' affiliates.
While Thornburg's results both at the minor-league and major-league (7.71 ERA in 16 games with the Red Sox) levels were disappointing throughout the 2019 season, some of his measurables made the Dodgers' move unsurprising. The spin rate on both his fastball and curveball exceeded what it had been while with Milwaukee, with his fastball velocity hovering around the same level as his breakout 2016 campaign.