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Former St.Louis Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs released by Boston

Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs is out of a job on the eve of the 2015 baseball season.

The Boston Red Sox have announced they have released the former major league closer and set-up man from the minor league contract they gave him over the winter.

Boggs, 31, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013 when the Redbirds traded him to the Colorado Rockies in a deal designed to revive his career with a change of scenery. It, apparently, didn't work and Boggs bounced around the minors with Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants affiliates last season.

It was a stunning fall for Boggs who was one of the best relievers in the National League in 2012 with a 4-1 record and 2.21 earned run average. He allowed 56 hits in 73 1/3 innings that season and struck out a career-high 58. Prior to 2013 he had a career record of 13-12 with a 3.80 ERA in 293 1/3 innings pitched. But since then, he's 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA and he's walked 20 while striking out 16. 

Control problems have continued to plague Boggs in his comeback bid.

This spring Boggs got only four innings of worked in Grapefruit League action. He allowed two hits but walked five while striking out two to compile a 9.00 ERA.