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Veteran starting pitcher Joe Blanton is on the comeback trail. The right-hander will hold an open workout and bullpen session for interested clubs on Feb. 4, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.
Blanton, 34, retired from baseball in April and did not pitch in the big leagues last season. He last pitched in the Majors in 2013 with the Angels, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA over 28 appearances, including 20 starts.
Over a 10-year career with the Phillies, A’s, Dodgers and Angels, Blanton is 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA. He’s pitched at least 191 innings in six different seasons.
At this point, Blanton’s best bet to get back to the Majors would seem to be as a fifth starter on a Minor League deal. If he can go to Spring Training with a club, he could have a shot.
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.
The Dodgers are reportedly turning their sights toward pursuing Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada after missing out on right-hander Yoan Lopez, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Lopez elected to sign with the D-backs on Tuesday morning, despite being “aggressively pursued” by the Dodgers.
Though Moncada is still yet to be cleared by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the 19-year-old has plans to hold seven private workouts this month with undisclosed teams. Sanchez expects the Dodgers to be one of those clubs, while Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel has also mentioned the Yankees and Red Sox as potential landing spots.
Moncada, a middle infielder who can also play third base, is widely considered one of the top international prospects in the game right now, with Sanchez ranking him atop his list of Cuban players to watch.
– Paul Casella
The Red Sox and Dodgers have been “aggressive” in their pursuit of free agent right-hander Alexi Ogando, according to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com.
Though Ogando’s injury history has presented a serious concern for some clubs, the righty reportedly impressed at least some scouts at his workout last week, attended by approximately two dozen teams. The Red Sox and Dodgers were both among the clubs represented at that showcase.
Ogando struggled to a 6.84 ERA over 27 injury-hampered appearances with the Rangers last season. He was 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA over 23 outings (18 starts) in 2013, while again being slowed by injuries.
Ogando, who can serve as either a back-end starter or a reliever, is expected to make a decision next week. It’s unclear what it’ll take to sign him, but he’ll likely settle for a contract loaded with performance-based incentives after being limited by shoulder and elbow injuries in each of the last two seasons.
– Paul Casella
The Orioles have reportedly “engaged in trade talks” with the Dodgers regarding outfielder Andre Ethier, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
The O’s have spent much of this offseason trying to fill the outfield void left by the departures of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, but they are yet to land one of their targets. Along with reaching out to the Dodgers about Ethier, Kubatko adds that the club also remains interested in free agents Colby Rasmus and Nori Aoki.
The same report mentions that manager Buck Showalter actually met in-person with Rasmus this past weekend in order to get a sense of whether or not the 28-year-old would be a good fit in Baltimore. Formerly one of the game’s top prospects, Rasmus has struggled to reach his potential over parts of six Major League seasons. After hitting .276 with a career-best .501 slugging percentage in 2013, Rasmus hit just .225 with a career-low 40 RBIs this past season with the Blue Jays.
Aoki, meanwhile, turned 33 years old today and is coming off a subpar defensive season with the Royals. As for Ethier, the former All-Star is set to also turn 33 years old in April and has $53.5 million remaining on his contract over the next three years. The Dodgers would likely pay off some of that remaining money, though the amount would ultimately depend on what the O’s send to Los Angeles in return in any potential deal.
The most likely scenario remains that Baltimore signs either Rasmus or Aoki, but the club’s talks with the Dodgers are certainly worth monitoring in the coming days.
– Paul Casella
A potential blockbuster deal between the Padres and Rays involving 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers could be “nearing the finish line,” according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
Rumors broke late Tuesday night that the two sides were discussing a possible trade that would send Myers to San Diego, though the potential return package remains unclear. Though little is known at this point about what the Padres might be offering in return, it’s a safe bet that it would involve either top pitching prospect, Matthew Wisler, or right-hander Joe Ross, the club’s No. 8-ranked overall prospect according to MLB.com.
While some reports have suggested a third team could enter the mix to make the deal happen, Crasnick adds that he believes it would be a straight-up deal between the Padres and Rays, with Tampa Bay possibly then flipping one of the players it receives from San Diego in a separate deal.
Despite coming off a disappointing, injury-hampered 2014 campaign, Myers is still just 24 years old and remains under team control through the 2019 season. He’s also only one season removed from posting a .293/.354/.478 batting line en route to being named the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
Even after acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers last week, the Padres have continued to explore other options for upgrading what was the league’s worst offense this past season. Pairing Myers alongside Kemp would seem to be a substantial upgrade for the Padres, though it will certainly take a significant haul to make this deal happen.
– Paul Casella
The Dodgers shook up their bullpen on Tuesday and designated right-hander Brian Wilson for assignment, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
Wilson, 32, had a disappointing season in 2014 after an impressive return from Tommy John surgery in ’13. He had a guaranteed contract for next year worth $9.5 million. The Dodgers have 10 days to either waive, trade or release Wilson.
As the Dodgers’ set-up man this year, Wilson was 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA over 61 appearances and seemed to lack life on his fastball. He was much more effective in 2013 after joining the Dodgers in August, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances. A three-time All-Star as a closer with San Francisco, Wilson helped the Giants win the World Series in 2010.
Wilson’s departure is the latest in a roster overhaul for the Dodgers under new management.
Last week at the Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman traded away outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren, shorstop Miguel Rojas, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitching prospect Tom Windle. The return netted second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels and reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The Dodgers also acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies and signed free-agent starter Brandon McCarthy.
The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.
Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.
The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.
– Paul Casella
The Padres and Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade on the final day of the Winter Meetings.
Matt Kemp is going to San Diego along with catcher Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers are getting catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a Minor League pitcher, believed to be Zach Eflin, a source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
Neither club has commented on the proposed trade.
The deal was first reported by USA Today, which added the Dodgers would send the Padres roughly $31 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp’s contract. The deal needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because money is being exchanged. The players also need to take physical exams.
It’s not certain if this is part of a three-way deal. Still, it’s clear the Padres have made a major upgrade to their offense. Kemp, 30, is a two-time All-Star coming off a bounceback season. He hit .287 with 25 home runs and 38 doubles over 150 games in 2014, after missing 89 games in ’13 due to a number of injuries.
The Dodgers had been looking for a catcher to pair with incumbent A.J. Ellis, and it appears Grandal is their man. This season, Grandal hit .225 with 15 homers and 19 doubles over 128 games (76 as a catcher). He can also play first base.
Weiland, 24, returned from Tommy John elbow surgery this season and appeared in four games. Eflin, 20, was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Federowicz figures to backup Rene Rivera.
The Dodgers have reportedly acquired veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Though numerous other reports confirmed the deal, including ESPN’s Buster Olney and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports claims that the deal is “close,” but adds that the two sides are still working out terms of the deal and says it could ultimately involve a third team.
Neither club has confirmed any reports.
Talks seem to have materialized quickly after reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Rollins would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a potential deal involving the Dodgers. The 36-year-old shorstop had a decent year at the plate this past season, notching 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases, while still turning in above average defense.
The move seems to be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, who were looking for a short-term solution after losing Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox earlier this offseason. Not only does acquiring Rollins seemingly provide an immediate fix, but it also won’t block top prospect Corey Seager from assuming the role in the near future once he becomes ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues.
– Paul Casella