The Red Sox, Nationals, Blue Jays and Rays have shown interest in free-agent reliever Ronald Belisario, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Belisario, 32, spent time as a closer for the White Sox in 2014 and recorded eight saves. The right-hander had a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances. The White Sox designated him for assignment in November.
The Red Sox are looking for a right-handed option to fill out their bullpen, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, so Belisario could be a fit in Boston. Meanwhile, the Nationals and Blue Jays have also shown interest in free-agent reliver Burke Badenhop.
The Astros have signed free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one-year contract for the 2015 season, the club announced on Tuesday.
Rasmus’ deal is for $8 million, a source told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.
Houston was in need of an established outfielder after trading Dexter Fowler to the Cubs on Monday. Rasmus is close with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who drafted him in 2005 when Luhnow was the scouting director for the Cardinals.
A left-handed hitter, Rasmus was a free agent for the first time in his career. He’s spent the last three-plus seasons in Toronto after beginning his big league career in St. Louis. The 28-year-old had a .225/.287/.448 slash line with 18 home runs and 21 doubles in 104 games last season.
To make room for Rasmus on the 40-man roster, the Astros designated catcher Carlos Corporan for assignment.
There a number of clubs still looking for bullpen help on the free-agent market. The Nationals and Blue Jays are among those teams and have both shown interest in veteran right-hander Burke Badenhop, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Badenhop, 31, made 70 appearances with the Red Sox last season and had a 2.29 ERA. He’s pitched for four different clubs in each of the last four years.
The Red Sox were linked to Badenhop earlier in the offseason. Boston remains in the market for right-handed relief, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Dodgers and Brewers are still looking for bullpen help, too.
After trading for slugger Evan Gattis last week and adding infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily in a trade Monday, the Astros are still in the market for another starting pitching.The Astros are in “serious discussions” with free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday.
A source told MLB.com the team has interest in Vogelsong,who went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts for the World Series champion Giants last year. He has a career 49-57 record with a 4.42 ERA in 10 Major League seasons with the Pirates and two stints with the Giants. His best year was in 2011 when he made the All-Star team in a season in which he finished 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA with the Giants.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday: “There are still some free agents we have interest in and there’s still some potential trade opportunities.”
– Brian McTaggart
The Rangers consummated their rumored deal with the Brewers on Monday, trading for right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
In return, the Brewers receive three players — infielder Luis Sardinas, right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan.
The Rangers will also receive cash in the deal to, presumably, offset the $13 million Gallardo will earn in 2015, the final year on his contract, according to MLB.com.
Gallardo, 28, has spent his entire career with the Brewers, breaking into the big leagues in 2007. He’s 89-64 with a 3.69 in 214 games (211 starts). He was 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts a year ago.
Knebel was the eight-best prospect in the Rangers system according to MLB.com. Diplan was ranked No. 20.
Sardinas made his big league debut last season, hitting .261 in 43 games.
– Corey Brock
After a full day of speculation, it appears Yovani Gallardo has in fact been traded to the Rangers.
Multiple media reports have confirmed that the Brewers are sending Gallardo and cash to the Rangers in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, pitcher Corey Knebel and 18 year old pitcher Marcos Diplan.
Gallardo, 28, is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, but went to high school in Fort Worth so there is a chance he may want to remain in Texas long term.
The right-hander went 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts for the Brewers last season and is 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA across eight Major League seasons.
– William Boor
Veteran right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will have a throwing showcase on Tuesday in Arizona for about 15 teams, the New York Post reported on Monday.
Gregg, 36, appeared in only 12 games last season for the Marlins after having bone chips removed from his right elbow in August. The report stated that he’s expected to “sign quickly” after the showcase.
Gregg has appeared in 583 games in a career that began in 2003 and has seen him pitch for five big league teams. He has 177 career saves, including 33 for the Cubs in 2013.
Gregg is 22nd on the active list for games played among all Major League players.
– Corey Brock
The Nationals made a big splash by agreeing to a seven-year, $210 million deal with free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer. Now speculation is growing in regards to what the Nats will do with the rest of their loaded rotation, which currently includes: Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.
A report surfaced Monday regarding Strasburg’s future with the Nationals, with USA Today reporter John Perrotto tweeting that Strasburg is “very much available and both sides believe it is time to move on.”
However, a baseball source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the chances the Nationals would trade Strasburg are “remote.”
Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore also weighed in on the matter, tweeting his belief that the Nats would listen to potential deals for their starting pitchers but not feel forced to trade any.
Strasburg, 26, is under team control through the 2016 season. He signed a one-year, $7.4 million deal last week for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. The right-hander was 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA in 34 starts last season. The Nats drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
The Nationals appear inclined to keep Zimmermann and go all-in for the 2015 season, even though he is eligible for free agency after the season and will earn $16.5 million this year.
So if Washington plans to keep Zimmermann and take a shot at the World Series, would they really part ways with Strasburg? At this point, it’s only speculation.
There has been lots of speculation surrounding Jordan Zimmermann’s future with the Nationals after the club signed free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal.
Many around baseball figured the Nationals would move Zimmermann and his $16.5 million contract for the 2015 season. The right-hander could become a free agent after the season. But Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Nats plan to hold on to Zimmermann this year.
The Nationals appear to be going all-in this season, so keeping Zimmermann in the rotation fulfills that plan. He’s been one of baseball’s best starters over the last three seasons. A two-time All-Star, Zimmermann was 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 32 starts last year, including a no-hitter in the final game of the regular season.
With Scherzer on board and the possibility of Zimmermann sticking around, the Nationals’ rotation would arguably become the best in the game. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister project as the other three starters. Scherzer will presumably be replacing Tanner Roark, who posted a 2.85 ERA in nearly 200 innings last year.
The Cubs appear close to trading for Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler, according to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. The proposed deal includes Major League players going to Houston, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
It’s not clear yet who all is involved in the proposed trade, aside from Fowler.
Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight home runs, 21 doubles and four triples in 116 games with the Astros in 2014. He has a career .375 on-base percentage over seven seasons with the Rockies and Astros. He filed for salary arbitration and is eligible to become a free agent after the season.
Fowler would be a huge upgrade for the Cubs, as their current center field options include Arismendy Alcantara, Ryan Sweeney and Matthew Szczur.