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The Blue Jays’ recent skid — they’re 2-8 in their past 10 games and now sit at 23-27 on the season — could force the team’s front office to make some tough decisions in the coming months, writes Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link). While there’s certainly still time to turn things around, the…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 25, 2018, 1:47 pm
ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (May 23rd-May 24th) NATIONAL LEAGUE CINCINNATI REDS | Depth Chart Placed on 10-Day DL: RP Raisel Iglesias (strained left biceps), RP Austin Brice (strained back) Activated from 10-Day DL: RP Michael Lorenzen Lorenzen, Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett, David Hernandez and Wandy Peralta are all in the mix for saves while Iglesias is out.…
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: May 25, 2018, 4:17 am
Tyson Ross spoke recently with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune about the likelihood that he’ll be traded by the Padres at some point in the near future. Ross spoke like a pitcher who is anticipating that he’ll be traded, though he notes that his experience with the Padres in 2015 taught him that there…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 25, 2018, 3:42 am
The Twins announced Thursday that they’ve reinstated Miguel Sano from the disabled list after a 24-game absence due to a hamstring strain. Outfielder Jake Cave, whom the team acquired in a spring swap with the Yankees, has been optioned back to Triple-A Rochester to clear a spot on the active roster for the slugging third…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 25, 2018, 2:06 am
There’s been plenty of buzz about the Orioles’ poor start to the season and the impending free agency of Manny Machado, with seemingly countless reports connecting Machado to various teams throughout the league. The Cubs have been perhaps the most oft-cited match for Machado, but in a radio appearance on the Mully & Hanley show…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:15 am
The Red Sox will activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list on Friday, manager Alex Cora told reporters this afternoon (Twitter link via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe). While the team didn’t announce a corresponding move, Abraham notes that neither Eduardo Nunez nor Brock Holt seems to be in danger of losing…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 9:42 pm
The Nationals are set to select the contract of veteran right-handed reliever Justin Miller prior to tomorrow’s game against the Marlins, reports Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. As Janes recently reported, the 30-year-old Miller had a June 15 opt-out provision in his minor league contract. The Nats have a vacancy on their 40-man roster…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 9:00 pm
Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:03 pm
The Royals are beginning to engage in some preliminary chatter with rivals in advance of the summer trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Of course, that does not mean that any near-term dealing ought to be anticipated. While GM Dayton Moore recently suggested the club would not make any decisions until the…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:57 pm
Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Those interested in reading an independent breakdown should check out the…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:33 pm
The White Sox have claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Athletics, per a club announcement. Righty Miguel Gonzalez was bumped to the 60-day DL to create a 40-man spot. Garneau had just been designated for assignment. Now, he’ll head to Chicago to help bolster a catching unit that just lost starter Welington Castillo…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 5:35 pm
We’ll use this post to track the day’s minor moves: The Indians have added righty Mitch Talbot on a minors deal, per MLBTR’s Steve Adams (via Twitter). He’ll join the rotation at Triple-A Columbus, taking the place of the recently promoted Adam Plutko. Talbot last appeared in the majors with the Indians way back in 2011 and…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 4:34 pm
Cardinals righty Jordan Hicks has hired the Ballengee Group as his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). MLBTR’s Agency Database now reflects that and other recent agency moves. Hicks is just 21 years of age and had never pitched above the High-A level entering the season. But he’s now the owner of…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 4:10 pm
The White Sox have announced a trio of roster moves following the official suspension of Welington Castillo. To account for the opening behind the plate, the club has selected the contract of backstop Alfredo Gonzalez. Additionally, the Chicago organization announced that infielder Leury Garcia is going onto the 10-day DL with a knee sprain. Taking…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 3:27 pm
TODAY: Castillo has officially been suspended after testing positive for banned performance-enhancer Erythopoieton, per a league announcement. YESTERDAY: White Sox catcher Welington Castillo has been slapped with an 80-game suspension following a failed PED test, per Dominican journalist Americo Celado. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets the same, and it seems that an announcement from the…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 3:08 pm
The Rangers faced an uphill battle even before the season began, as they were chasing the defending World Series champions in the AL West. Now that the club is off to a 20-31 start, looking up at three other teams sporting winning records, it’s all but inevitable that the Texas organization will explore sales of…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 24, 2018, 1:43 pm
The Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, as noted on MLB.com’s transactions log and as tweeted by the team’s Triple-A play-by-play announcer, Eric Gallanty. The longtime Mets reliever recently opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles. Edgin, 31, missed the 2015 season and the bulk of…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:05 am
The Rangers announced tonight that they’ll select the contract of right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock, and he’ll start Thursday’s game against the Royals. Texas has an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they’ll only need to make a 25-man move to accommodate the promotion of Bibens-Dirkx. The 33-year-old Bibens-Dirkx made his big league…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:56 am
The Mariners announced Wednesday night that the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District Board approved the terms of a new 25-year lease for the team to remain at Safeco Field. There are also a pair of three-year options on the lease that could extend the Mariners’ stay in the park all the way…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:17 am
Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: May 23, 2018
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:28 pm
The Mariners announced that they’ve selected the contract of outfielder John Andreoli from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned right-hander Dan Altavilla to Tacoma in his place. Seattle had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so a corresponding move in that regard wasn’t required. Andreoli, 28 in early June, will be making his first appearance in…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:58 pm
The A’s announced a series of roster moves on Wednesday, placing slugger Khris Davis on the 10-day DL due to a strained right groin and designating right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment. In place of Davis and Font, the A’s have recalled top infield prospect Franklin Barreto and right-hander Daniel Gossett from Triple-A Nashville. [Related: Oakland…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:10 pm
“Knocking Down the Door” is a regular feature that identifies minor leaguers who are making a case for a big league promotion. Sandy Alcantara, SP, Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans) | Marlins Depth Chart In this rebuilding season, the Marlins are taking the opportunity to evaluate several young starting pitchers at the Major League level. Dillon Peters and…
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:04 pm
The Reds announced this afternoon that they’ve placed closer Raisel Iglesias on the 10-day disabled list due to soreness in his left (non-throwing) biceps. Fellow righty Austin Brice is also headed to the DL thanks to an upper back injury. In their place, the Reds activated righties Michael Lorenzen and Tanner Rainey from the disabled…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:43 pm
3:10pm: Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed that Faria will be out for a fairly substantial amount of time, with an absence of six to eight weeks likely being on the short end of his realistic timeline to return (Twitter link via Topkin). He could be sidelined into August, Topkin adds. 2:24pm: Nathan Eovaldi is going…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:10 pm
Several players have recently gone onto the open market after being released by their respective organizations: Veteran reliever Junichi Tazawa has been released after clearing waivers, the Marlins announced. Miami will remain responsible for the rest of his $7MM salary for the current season, less any eventual earnings at the MLB minimum rate. Tazawa was one…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 7:41 pm
The White Sox have agreed to a minors deal with outfielder Alex Presley, with a club announcement confirming the report of MLBTR’s Steve Adams (on Twitter). The Sports Pro Services client will report to the organization’s top affiliate in Charlotte. Presley had recently opted out of his deal with the Orioles, taking his release when…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:35 pm
The Nationals announced today that they have designated righty Carlos Torres for assignment. His active roster spot will go to prospect Erick Fedde, who was recalled to make a start today, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported yesterday on Twitter. Torres, 35, helped the Nats through some bullpen injuries and carried a solid…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:59 pm
The Astros will place outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day DL to address a leg infection, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (via Twitter). Houston will recall fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick to take the open roster spot. Reddick last appeared in a game on Sunday, so the placement can be backdated to Monday. He’ll be eligible to…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 3:19 pm
The Yankees announced today that they have selected the contract of lefty Ryan Bollinger. He will be added to the active roster for tonight’s game. A corresponding 40-man move is not necessary, as the Yankees had an open spot still available. The club still has plenty of flexibility for the time being, as several players…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:04 pm
While some other youthful National League clubs have shown big strides thus far in 2018, the Padres remain buried in the NL West and don’t seem to be going anywhere this season. The rotation’s performance, to be sure, has not helped matters. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a source of some summer trade…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 1:08 pm
Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks became the second pitcher ever (after Aroldis Chapman) to hit the 105mph mark, tossing two fastballs at that epic speed during an appearance against the Phillies on Sunday.  As The Athletic’s Mark Saxon writes in a subscription-only piece, Hicks’ feat may represent the virtual limit of how fast a human arm…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:27 am
ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (May 21st-May 22nd) NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS | Depth Chart Placed on 10-Day DL: OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained pectoral) Chris Owings is playing RF in Souza’s absence. Promoted: OF Socrates Brito CINCINNATI REDS | Depth Chart Promoted: INF/OF Brandon Dixon (contract purchased) Optioned: OF/INF Rosell Herrera LOS ANGELES DODGERS | Depth Chart Promoted: SP Brock Stewart…
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: May 23, 2018, 3:23 am
Rich Hill’s latest blister problem was originally estimated by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to require a four-week DL stint, though the southpaw threw a full bullpen session today.  As Roberts explained to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick and other media, Hill was keeping his arm in shape while wearing protective tape over the injured middle finger of…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:51 am
Here are the day’s minor moves… Latest Transactions The Nationals signed outfielder Jaff Decker to a minors contract, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes reports (via Twitter).  The 30-year-old has appeared in each of the last five MLB seasons, posting a .510 OPS over 191 career plate appearances with the Padres, Pirates, Rays, and A’s.  Decker…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 1:23 am
Cole Hamels has a 20-team no-trade clause in his contract, though the veteran southpaw described his no-trade protection as “just kind of a formality” during a wide-ranging chat with NJ Advance Media’s Randy Miller.  Hamels can block deals to every team except the Braves, Mariners, Phillies, Nationals, Rays, Cardinals, Cubs, Royals, and Astros, though it…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:56 am
7:47PM: The Angels received cash considerations for Carter, Mike Berardino tweets. 6:26PM: The Twins have acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Angels, as reported by Steve Klauke, radio broadcaster for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.  Chris Carter will report to the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, as per Nate Rowan from…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:47 am
7:17PM: Manager Scott Servais doesn’t believe Gordon will be out of action for too long, he told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and other media.  “With his feet being such a big part of his game, we thought it was the best thing to do to let it calm down. It’s not going to completely…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:17 am
The Angels have requested unconditional release waivers on infielder Ryan Schimpf, as per the team’s communications department (via Twitter).  After being acquired from the Braves on March 31, Schimpf appeared in five games for the Angels, totaling seven plate appearances. Schimpf, who just turned 30 last month, will again be on the move but this…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 22, 2018, 10:47 pm
The Mets have signed Jose Bautista to a one-year, Major League contract, the team announced via Twitter.  The veteran slugger has already been added to the Mets’ roster and is available for tonight’s game; Phillip Evans was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.  MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported earlier today that the two sides were…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:51 pm
4:34PM: A deal between Bautista and the Mets is “close,” according to SNY’s Andy Martino (Twitter link). TODAY, 3:59PM: The two sides are still working towards a contract, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports (Twitter link), and it seems if “they should have an answer one way or another as soon as today.”  There could also be…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:34 pm
The Diamondbacks placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral.  This is the same injury that kept Souza from making his season debut until May.  Outfielder Socrates Brito has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Souza originally suffered the injury in the last week of Spring…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:17 pm
Click here to read a transcript Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:38 pm
The Rays are slated to promote infield prospect Willy Adames, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (Twitter link). He’ll make his MLB debut at 22 years of age. Adames has long been billed as a high-end prospect, though he was relatively unknown when he was shipped to Tampa Bay as a key piece in the…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:42 pm
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle examines Athletics closer Blake Treinen’s improved results since coming to Oakland last summer. The big righty has always shown phenomenal pure stuff in the majors, but had not quite figured out how to maximize it on the hill. While he’s handing out less walks than before, he’s also working…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:47 pm