The Blue Jays reported deal with reliever Ronald Belisario has fell through, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet posted in a tweet Friday. The two sides got close but never agreed on a deal, so Belisario remains a free-agent.
Details of why the deal fell through were unclear as of Friday night.
Belisario, who turned 32 last month, is coming off a bit of a down season, scuffling to a 4-8 record and 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014 before being designated for assignment in November. Prior to last season, he had been a solid middle reliever for the Dodgers.
His deal with the Blue Jays was reported to be a Minor League deal with a chance to make $1.7 million if he made the Majors.
Toronto figures to still be in pursuit of bullpen help for next season.
Right-hander Scott Baker has appeared in just 28 games in the Majors during the past three seasons, making just eight starts, but could get a chance to prove himself as a starter in 2015.
The Yankees reportedly signed Baker to a one-year, Minor League contract on Friday, although the club has yet to confirm the deal. If Baker, 33, makes the Major League roster, his contract will be worth $1.5 million, according to CBS Sports.
The move gives the Yankees potential depth at the back end of their starting rotation if Baker can pitch closer to his performance before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. At the very least, it is a low-risk deal that provides New York with another pitching option.
The Yankees enter the season counting on the health of three starters — Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda — who all missed significant time in 2014 with injury along with right-hander Ivan Nova, who is expected to miss at least the first month of the season to recover from his own Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees have yet to announce their non-roster invites for Spring Training, but Baker will almost certainly be a candidate. He collected a 5.47 ERA in 25 games for the Rangers last season but allowed 15 home runs in 80 2/3 innings, which has been a problem throughout his career and could be problematic at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Baker was a solid starter for the Twins prior to the surgery, accumulating a record of 63-48 and an 4.15 ERA during a span of seven seasons.
Edward Mujica could be on his way out of Boston.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Friday afternoon that the Red Sox have recently “expressed a willingness” to trade the right-hander.
Mujica, 30, is slated to earn $4.75 million in 2014. In his first year with Boston last season, he posted a 3.90 ERA with eight saves in 64 relief appearances.
The Red Sox acquired a pair of bullpen arms this week — lefty Robbie Ross via trade with the Rangers and veteran right-hander Alexi Ogando through free agency — allowing the club some flexibility to move Mujica should they find a suitable trade partner.
Mujica signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal with Boston last offseason. He was coming off his first All-Star campaign in 2013 when he converted a career-best 37 saves with the Cardinals, though he was ousted as the club’s closer late in the year by then-rookie Trevor Rosenthal.
— Chad Thornburg
The Red Sox have signed outfielder Daniel Nava to a one-year contract for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration, the club announced on Thursday.
Nava’s deal is worth $1.85 million, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Nava, 31, was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career. He hit .270 with 21 doubles and four home runs over 113 games with the Red Sox last season.
With Nava now signed, left-hander Wade Miley is the only remaining unsigned Red Sox player eligible for salary arbitration.
The Marlins have designated pitcher Arquimedes Caminero for assignment, reports MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Caminero, 27, made six relief appearances for the Marlins in 2014, but spent the majority of the season in Triple-A. The right-hander worked 13 innings with the club in ’13, striking out 12 over 13 innings and posting a 2.77 ERA. The Marlins signed him as an amateur free agent in ’05.
The Marlins have 10 days to either place Caminero on waivers, release him or trade him.
The Blue Jays have reportedly signed a pair of veterans to Minor League deals: reliever Ronald Belisario and infielder Ramon Santiago. Both players have been invited to Major League Spring Training.
Belisario’s contract will pay him $1.7 million if the right-hander makes the big league club, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
Belisario, 32, has closing experience, but has been better in a middle relief role over a five-year career in the big leagues. He’s coming off a bit of a down season, though, after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014. Chicago designated him for assignment in November. His best season came in 2012 with the Dodgers, when he went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 68 relief appearances covering 71 innings.
Santiago, 35, appeared in 75 games with the Reds last season and produced a .246/.343/.324 slash line in 214 plate appearances. His deal with the Blue Jays was reported by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. A veteran of 13 seasons in the Majors, Santiago can play shortstop, second base and third.
The Blue Jays begin Spring Training next month, with pitchers and catchers scheduled for their first workout Feb. 23 and the first full squad workout on Feb. 27.
While Brandon Beachy is reportedly “getting stronger” coming off his second Tommy John surgery, his agent told FOXSports.com‘s Ken Rosenthal that the right-hander intends to wait until closer to Spring Training to make a decision about signing with a club.
“Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time,” Beachy’s agent Rob Martin told Rosenthal. “With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training.”
Beachy, 28, has not pitched in the Majors since Aug. 20, 2013. Over the course of four seasons with the Braves, he is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 starts.
– Joey Nowak
The Blue Jays could still use some help in the bullpen, as MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm writes, and the club is making progress on a contract with right-hander Ronald Belisario, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
While a deal with Belisario is not yet finished, he would appear to be a solid fit in Toronto.
Belisario, 32, has closing experience, but has been better in a middle relief role over a five-year career in the big leagues. He’s coming off a bit of a down season, though, after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014. Chicago designated him for assignment in November.
Belisario’s best season came in 2012 with the Dodgers, when he went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 68 relief appearances covering 71 innings.
There are still a number of proven relievers available on the free-agent market, including Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, Alexi Ogando and John Axford.
Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets have settled on a deal according to CBS Sports.
The report said Mejia and the Mets agreed on a $2.595 million deal.
Mejia, 25, appeared in 63 games for the Mets this season and posted a 3.65 ERA. The right hander also struck out 98 batters in 93 2/3 innings.
- William Boor
The Braves have officially signed Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Toscano’s deal includes a club option for the 2019 season.
To make room for Toscano on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated outfielder Jose Constanza for assignment.
Toscano, 25, posted a .356/.440/.452 slash line in Cuba’s Serie Nacional during the 2012-13 season. A left-handed hitter, Toscano is expected to begin this season in the Minors, tweets MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
“We are very excited to come to terms with a player of Dian’s ability,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said in a statement released by the team. “As we look to add depth to our organization, the international market is very important to us and expanding our search into Cuba is a significant step.”
Constanza has played parts of four seasons with the Braves, appearing in 12 games in 2014.