At one point in the 2019 season, it was believed that Sam Travis might get a crack at finding a regular role on the major-league roster in 2020 with the Red Sox. That now seems like the longest of long shots.
The Red Sox announced Wednesday that to make room on the 40-man roster for recently acquired backup catcher Kevin Plawecki the team has designated Travis for assignment.
The 26-year-old first baseman has spent his entire six-year professional career with the Red Sox after being taken with the organization's second pick in the 2014 June Draft. He has appeared in 11 major league games, batting .230 with seven homers and a .659 OPS. Travis made the club's Opening Day roster in 2019, appearing in 59 games over four stints in the big leagues. The Indiana University produce had been named the Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2015.
In terms of first base options currently on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox now have Bobby Dalbec and Michael Chavis.