Results tagged ‘ D-backs ’
The White Sox added depth to their bullpen on Friday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with veteran right-hander Matt Albers, according to multiple reports.
Albers’ deal reportedly includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He would earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the team, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Albers, 32, was limited to eight games with the Astros last year because of a shoulder injury. When healthy, he’s been a solid reliever, posting a 2.63 ERA over the last three seasons with the Red Sox, D-backs, Indians and Astros.
The White Sox have made improving the bullpen a priority this offseason, adding free agents David Robertson and Zach Duke. Chicago’s relievers combined for a 4.38 ERA in 2014, which ranked 28th in the Majors.
The D-backs have agreed to a deal with free-agent infielder Nick Punto, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
It’s a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, a baseball source told MLB.com.
Punto, 37, has played for five different teams over the last five seasons. He signed a two-year deal with the A’s following the 2013 season, but played just one year in Oakland. He hit .207 and was limited by injuries to 73 games in 2014 before being released in December.
A 14-year Major League veteran, Punto has played all over the diamond. He’s seen the most time at second base, shortstop and third base, and will add depth to Arizona’s infield. Punto, a switch-hitter, also has value in the National League as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement late in games.
— Austin Laymance
The D-backs have re-signed Jordan Pacheco to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training, SBNation.com’s Chris Cotillo reported late Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Pacheco, who will turn 29 on Jan. 30, had been outrighted off the D-backs’ roster last month and became a free agent. He originally came to Arizona in June, when he was claimed off waivers from the Rockies.
Through parts of four big league seasons, Pacheco has been a versatile player, spending the bulk of his time at first base (114 games), third base (92) and catcher (41). Arizona used him mostly at first after acquiring him but also gave him time at third and second.
Between the Rockies and D-backs, Pacheco hit .255/.299/.333 last season, with no homers and 16 RBIs in 69 games. He owns a career line of .281/.316/.374.
— Andrew Simon
Oakland has acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations, the A’s announced Thursday.
De La Rosa, 24, finished the season with the D-backs after beginning the year with Triple-A Reno. In 25 games with Arizona, he went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. Over parts two seasons with the D-backs since his big league debut in 2013, De La Rosa has a 4.21 ERA in 44 appearances.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Oakland designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. The A’s also announced that right-hander Jorge De Leon has been released.
Rodriguez appeared in seven games over two stints with the A’s this year after missing the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. He had a 1.00 ERA and .129 opponents batting average.
The D-backs made their first trade under new general manager Dave Stewart on Friday, acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays for a pair of prospects.
The Rays took Hellickson in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, and he won American League Rookie of the Year honors in ‘11, when he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA in 29 starts. He followed that up with a 3.10 ERA the next year, but that number rose all the way to 5.17 in ‘13.
Hellickson didn’t debut until July 8 last year after recovering from elbow surgery. The 27-year-old went 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA over 13 outings, striking out 54 and walking 21 in 63 2/3 innings. He made $3.625 million through arbitration in ’14 and has two seasons to go before free agency.
In return, the Rays got 20-year-old shortstop Andrew Velazquez, who was the D-backs’ No. 12 prospect in MLB.com’s rankings, as well as 19-year-old outfielder Justin Williams, the No. 14 prospect. Velazquez hit .290/.367/.428 with nine homers and 50 steals for Class A South Bend this year, while Williams hit a combined .351/.403/.467 with four homers and 46 RBIs in 74 games for Rookie-level Missoula and South Bend.
— Andrew Simon
Nick Evans remained a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, but that could change in the coming days.
MLB Trade Rumors reported Saturday that Evans had signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan and would be removed from Arizona’s 40-man roster.
While that may happen sooner rather than later, Evans said Saturday that he was caught off guard by the report.
“I got a couple of texts this morning about it, but I didn’t know anything about that,” Evans said. “It’s definitely something that I’ve had my mind on that would be exciting in the future to do, but as of right now I’m still a Diamondback. There’s been some talks, but nothing official. As of right now I’m still a Diamondback.”
— Steve Gilbert
The Mets have signed former Tigers closer Jose Valverde to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training.
The 35-year-old right-hander has spent 11 seasons in the majors (with Arizona, Houston and Detroit) and was an All-Star in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He has 286 career saves and converted 49 in a row in 2011, becoming the third pitcher in MLB history to be perfect in all his save opportunities while closing 40 or more games.
He appeared in 20 games for the Tigers last season and saved nine games after signing a minor league deal on April 4. He was released on August 7.
— Joey Nowak
Here’s a Hot Stove riddle: Two starting pitchers who posted ERAs of 3.30 or below last season, two hitters who combined for 50 home runs, and a shortstop with a strong all-around game — what do they have in common?
The answer is that they all remain free agents, with Spring Training lurking on the horizon. Sure, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew all have their flaws. But there is something else at work, too.
All five players are tied to Draft pick compensation, a situation MLB.com’s Phil Rogers outlines in his latest column. The Frozen Five, as Rogers calls them, still figure to find multiyear deals, but the clock is ticking, and their options are dwindling.
In other news from around the league:
- MLB.com’s Doug Miller takes stock of what remains on the market this offseason in The Week Ahead.
- The D-backs have come up empty so far in their search for a starting pitcher, watching Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza sign elsewhere, but team president and CEO Derrick Hall said the club will continue looking. Bronson Arroyo is one potential target for Arizona.
- The D-backs also reached a one-year deal with outfielder Gerardo Parra, avoiding arbitration.
- Will the Yankees sign Drew or reliever Fernando Rodney? MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch tackles that question and more in his latest inbox.
- In his inbox, Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian examines the situation involving Justin Masterson, who is headed toward an arbitration hearing and is set to become a free agent after this coming season.
- Agent Scott Boras told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that he is “very close” to getting deals for relievers Oliver Perez and Francisco Rodriguez, utility man Jeff Baker and Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. Several teams reportedly have interest in Yoon, with the Orioles one of those making an offer, according to The Baltimore Sun.
- The Astros added another veteran arm to their staff, agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Jerome Williams.
- Monday’s Minor League deals included a trio of relievers, with Kyle Farnsworth going to the Mets, and Armando Galarraga and Daniel Bard to the Rangers.
— Andrew Simon
Masahiro Tanaka has captivated Hot Stove followers for much of the offseason, and now that the deadline for the Japanese free agent to choose a Major League team is fast approaching, Tanaka Watch is only intensifying. Several interested teams, including the D-backs, are waiting intently for his decision.
As MLB.com’s Doug Miller writes, Tuesday was another day with much speculation but little actual news, starting with an innocuous Tanaka tweet that quickly was misinterpreted.
Regardless of where Tanaka ends up, the long process will leave him with huge expectations and several disppointed suitors, as MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers writes. Tanaka also is a shining reminder of baseball’s international growth, according to columnist Mike Bauman.
In other news from around the league on Tuesday:
- The Indians have not taken part in an arbitration hearing since 1991, but as MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian reports, the longest streak in the Majors seems likely to end this year. The club and All-Star righty Justin Masterson exchanged salary figures that stand nearly $4 million apart, a gap that could be too wide to cross without a hearing. Bastian also reports that the two sides remain far apart on a possible contract extension, with Masterson set for free agency after this season.
- Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed that his club, underdogs in the Tanaka sweepstakes, nonetheless has participated in the bidding.
- The White Sox have a Tanaka-or-bust mentality when it comes to adding to their rotation, reports beat writer Scott Merkin, who doesn’t believe the club will explore other free-agent options, such as Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez.
- The Angels, on the other hand, have targeted Garza, as Alden Gonzalez writes in his latest inbox. Bronson Arroyo, Paul Maholm and Chris Capuano could be some of their other options as they try to bolster their rotation.
- Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon addresses several issues in his inbox, including a potential signing of Grady Sizemore and the status of Homer Bailey.
- The Phillies had a busy day, highlighted by signing Bobby Abreu to a Minor League deal. Abreu, a star with the club from 1998-2006, didn’t play in the Majors last season but parlayed a strong winter ball campaign in Venezuela into another chance. Philadelphia also avoided arbitration with lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo and signed veteran righty Chad Gaudin to a Minor League deal, getting a pitcher with the versatility to start or come out of the bullpen.
- As part of this notebook, Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are “cautiously optimistic” that starters Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis, both on the comeback trail from injuries, will be 100 percent for Spring Training. Lewis is one candidate for the No. 5 starter job, in a race that also includes second-year righty Nick Tepesch.
- The Royals signed outfielder Justin Maxwell to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration and leaving them with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players.
— Andrew Simon
The pursuit for Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka has reportedly reached U.S. soil.
Multiple international outlets have reported the sought-after righty arrived in America on Wednesday to begin taking meetings with a number of MLB clubs who hope to sign him.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports Tanaka could see approximately 12 teams by Friday in the L.A. area, with the Dodgers, Angels, Cubs, White Sox, Yankees and D-backs among those most interested. Heyman also reports Tanaka is scheduled to see an L.A. area doctor, who could provide a medical update to the interested teams.
Tanaka, 25, had a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons in Japan — including 24-0 and 1.27 last year — and is expected to fetch a contract in the $100M range. He was posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles in December and has until Jan. 24 to reach a deal. If he and agent Casey Close can’t work out an agreement, Tanaka will return to Japan to play next year.
Heyman reports there has also been interest from the Blue Jays, Mariners, Twins and Rangers, but says there has been no mention of any meetings between those parties.
— Joey Nowak