The D-backs made a move to increase their bullpen depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp and assigning him to Triple-A Reno. Camp was released by the Cubs on July 7 after being designated for assignment.
The 37-year-old is a 10-year veteran who posted a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances this season. In 23 innings, he struck out 13 and walked nine. Camp was a workhorse for Chicago least season, when he appeared in a league-high 80 games and produced a 3.59 ERA.
Arizona also released veteran pinch-hitting specialist Eric Hinske, who recently accepted an outright assignment to Reno after being designated for assignment. Hinske was 1-for-18 with Reno and hit .173 with one home run in 58 plate appearances for Arizona, which signed him this offseason.
Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, is expected to retire, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He played for seven teams over 12 big league seasons, hitting .249/.332/.430 with 137 home runs and 522 RBIs. The 35-year-old also accomplished the strange feat of appearing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams, winning with the Red Sox in 2007, losing with the Rays in ’08 and winning with the Yankees in ’09.
– Andrew Simon
As the league’s general managers slowly descend upon their annual meeting in Orlando early this week, expect the Hot Stove to start to sizzle. Many have said that this year’s market, with the earlier window to exclusively negotiate with a team’s own free agents, has speed up the process a bit. That being said, let’s kick off what promises to be an exciting week with a look at comings and goings around the league.
– The Phillies were able to reach a deal to re-sign Jose Contreras, the club officially announced on Tuesday. Contreras and the Phils agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki
reported. The contract is also said to include performance incentives and an option for the 2013 season.
– Reliever Taylor Buchholz was claimed by the Red Sox off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday, both clubs announced. Buchholz, who will be arbitration eligible this season, was designated by the Rockies in September before landing in Toronto. Here’s more details from MLB.com’s Ian Browne
– Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker tells MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez
that he still hadn’t decided if he was attending the general manager’s meetings this week. Braunecker suggested that the purpose of the meeting is usually to help establish the market for a free agent and it’s been fairly well defined for Lee.
– The D-backs signed Geoff Blum to a two-year deal, the club announced on Monday
. Blum, who hit .267 with limited at-bats in 2010, is expected bolster Arizona’s bench. GM Kevin Towers has expressed repeatedly his preference for veteran hitters in the bench role.
Check back for more Hot Stove news later on MLB.com.