Seattle Mariners: Mariners release infielder Danny Espinosa | August 20th, 2017
After signing a major league contract late last month, the Mariners have decided to move on from shortstop Danny Espinosa.
Danny Espinosa, 30, started the year off with the Angels but was DFA’ed on July 16th but would clear waivers and get signed by the Seattle Mariners on July 23rd. Espinosa’s tenure with the Mariners is not much worth noting besides that he was a spot-start utility piece in his month spent with the team.
This season, Danny Espinosa has struggled to find a stride as he has a slash line of .164/.237/.516. Now a free agent, Espinosa could be looked at but probably won’t garner a major league contract but a minor league contract is more understandable.
Update: Taking Espinosa’s roster spot in Seattle is Taylor Motter.
Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays transfer Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day DL to 60-day DL | August 9th, 2017
Last month, Troy Tulowitzki sustained ligament damage in his ankle after a freak accident running to first base last month. Moving Tulowitzki from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled will end his season as his ligament damage sustained sounds like surgery could come at some point. Troy Tulowitzki ends his 2017 season with a slash line of .249/.300/.678. The Toronto Blue Jays will resort to using Ryan Goins for the remainder of the season.
Update (August 10th): According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Troy Tulowitzki will be ready for 2018 Spring Training.
Boston Red Sox: Red Sox finally pull the plug on third baseman Pablo Sandoval, DFA’ing him | July 14th, 2017
Three years after signing a 5-year, $95 million dollar contract with the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox finally pulled the plug on Pablo Sandoval, designating him for assignment.
Pablo Sandoval never brought his San Francisco Giants days over to the Boston Red Sox and essentially did more harm than good for the Boston Red Sox. Over the past 2-seasons, Pablo Sandoval played in 35 games (33 games this year and 3 games last year). It seemed like every year camp opens up one of the most frequently asked questions arose about his weight. Weight issues cost him the starting role in 2016 and he would go on to miss the entire season due to shoulder surgery, but also bettered himself in losing 15 pounds during his rehab process.
This season, Pablo Sandoval won the starting third baseman role, but lost his starting position when he went on the disabled list with an ear infection back in late June. After the All-Star Break and with the Red Sox set and stone with Deven Marrero as the starting third baseman, the Red Sox decided to pull the plug on Sandoval. Likely headed for the free agent market, Pablo Sandoval should generate interest among teams, but don’t expect to get blown away with Sandoval going forward on a consistent basis.
Update: The Boston Red Sox will eat the majority of Sandoval’s contract. Sandoval is due $50 million dollars through 2019.
Atlanta Braves: Braves release SP Bartolo Colon after going unclaimed | July 6th, 2017
After being designated for assignment earlier in the week, Bartolo Colon has gone through waivers unclaimed and is now able to sign with any team.
Bartolo Colon, 44, passed through waivers due to the fact that his salary, $12.5 million, is large and not one team wants to pick that up. Now a free agent, Bartolo Colon still has a market as the New York Mets emerged as a team that would be open to bringing him back. This season, Bartolo Colon has struggled mightily as he has posted an 8.14 ERA and to go along with a 2-8 record in 13 games this season. Bartolo Colon will be looking at being a mid to back end of the rotation pitcher once he joins his new club.
Miami Marlins: Marlins designate SP Jeff Locke for assignment | July 5th, 2017
After signing a one-year flier worth $3 million dollars this past offseason, the Miami Marlins have designated Jeff Locke for assignment.
2017 has not been very kind to Jeff Locke as he is suffering this season with an 8.16 ERA and to compliment that he is 0-5 this year as well. Jeff Locke, 29, will wait to either be claimed, get demoted by the Marlins or be released from the team as a whole. If Jeff Locke gets the boot in whole from the Marlins he will land a minor league deal and re-develop himself in the minor leagues.
San Francisco Giants: Giants INF Jae-gyun Hwang to opt out of his contract if not called up on July 1st | June 27th, 2017
Signed as an international free agent this past offseason, Jae-gyun Hwang had an invite to Giants Spring Training but did not make the team’s roster after camp, he was later sent to AAA-Sacramento.
The San Francisco Giants current standpoint at third base is currently unknown as they have been flipping between Eduardo Nunez to Conor Gillaspie and now Ryder Jones (who was called up over Hwang). This season at AAA-Sacramento, Jae-gyun Hwang has been very productive as he is currently batting .287 with 7 home runs and 44 RBI’s.
It will seem very unlikely that we will see the Giants promote Hwang in time before his desired time to be called as they recently promoted Ryder Jones. The likely scenario is that once the rosters expand later this summer Hwang could be promoted as the Giants are not in contention for the playoffs so giving their minor leaguers some big league time wouldn’t hurt. This decision all lands on Hwang.
Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers claim C Stephen Vogt off waivers from Athletics | June 25th, 2017
The Brewers upgraded behind the plate by acquiring 2x All-Star Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. Stephen Vogt is in a slump so far this season as he is batting .217 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI’s (0-5 in last 3 games). The Brewers have been working with Jett Bradley behind the plate and he is having a below average season (batting .211 with 6 home run’s and 18 RBI’s). Stephen Vogt is a vast improvement over Jett Bradley who will be demoted to backup to Vogt. It would not surprise us if Jett Bradley gets the demotion from the MLB level to AAA as Manny Pina has been having a far more successful season this year batting .286 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI’s. We should find out who gets the cut tomorrow.
Seattle Mariners: Mariners extend shortstop Jean Segura to a 5-year, $70 million dollar contract | June 6th, 2017
The Seattle Mariners have locked up their shortstop for the future. Jean Segura was acquired this past offseason that sent Taijuan Walker to the Arizona Diamondbacks. For some time now the Mariners had an issue finding their permanent shortstop having bounced around from Willie Bloomquist, Ketel Marte and Brad Miller since 2015. Jean Segura is off to a great start with the Mariners batting .341 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI’s. At this current time, Segura is on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain, but this only just a minor bump in the road for him.
Minnesota Twins: Twins option Kennys Vargas to Triple-Rochester | May 28th, 2017
Coming off the heels of the longest game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays in losing effort, the Twins option Kennys Vargas to AAA-Rochester.
Kennys Vargas had a pretty rough day at the plate has he went 0-8 in the 15 inning game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kennys Vargas will head to Triple-A and hopes of turning things around, he should be back up with the Twins sometime this summer. The Twins also placed pitcher Justin Haley on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder soreness. The Twins will make a pair of roster moves in the morning.
Cleveland Indians: Danny Salazar is being moved to the bullpen | May 28th, 2017
With Corey Kluber making his way back into the rotation the Indians had to make the decision to move someone and Salazar was the odd man out of the rotation.
Danny Salazar was that odd man out as he has been struggling all season, so maybe a role in the bullpen will help turn his season around. To start the season, Danny Salazar was put into the starting rotation and every other week he struggled to keep it together where he was bouncing off wins and losses every other time he was out. This season Danny Salazar is 4-5 and holds an awful 5.50 ERA in 10 games this season.
With Danny Salazar being transferred out of the rotation, Corey Kluber will start this Thursday and the rotation should follow up with Carrasco, Tomlin, Bauer and Clevenger.
Atlanta Braves: Braves sign first baseman James Loney | May 18th, 2017
The Atlanta Braves had a stressful day today with the announcement that they will be without Freddie Freeman due to a wrist fracture. Taking his roster spot is former Dodgers and Rays first baseman, James Loney.
James Loney entered Spring Training with the Texas Rangers but was released from the team at the end of March, Loney would later get picked up by the Tigers but they released him just last week. James Loney is joining the Braves as a depth addition but could get some spot starts every here and there as he will be splitting time with Jace Peterson at first until Freeman returns.
Update (May 22nd, 2017): Well that lasted very long. After signing James Loney just four days ago the team decided to release him. There was no clear path to the majors for Loney after acquiring Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals. James Loney will now hope to latch on to another MLB team soon.
Miami Marlins: Marlins acquire Christin Colon off waivers; DFA Lombardozzi | May 16th, 2017
The Miami Marlins are very depth needy in the infield as both Miguel Rojas and Adeiny Hechavarria are both on the disabled list. So besides promoting a prospect, they acquired Christian Colon off waivers from the Royals.
Christian Colon will be the latest addition to the Marlins infield as the team added veteran infielder Mike Aviles just days ago. Christian Colon was designated for assignment by the Royals last week after posting a terrible .176 average in 7 games this season.
Christian Colon will be joining the Marlins as a bench piece. Christian Colon will be splitting time with starting shortstop J.T. Riddle until Adeiny Hechavarria returns from his DL stint.
Toronto Blue Jays (AL East): Blue Jays designate pitcher Mat Latos for assignment. | May 5th, 2017
Mat Latos has been getting rocked as of late and the Blue Jays decided to finally let him go. In three starts this season Latos is 0-1 with an awful 6.60 ERA. Mat Latos, 29, is currently in that phase in his career where he is being bounced around from team to team. If Mat Latos gets claimed off waivers he will be joining his 7th team since departing from the Cincinnati Reds in 2014.
Taking Latos’s roster spot on the 40-man roster is the newly acquired Cesar Valdez who claimed off waivers from the Athletics earlier today. The Blue Jays have not promoted anyone from AAA to take Latos’s MLB roster spot.
Minnesota Twins (AL Central): Twins demote pitcher Kyle Gibson to AAA-Rochester. | May 4th, 2017
- Kyle Gibson is off to an incredibility slow start to 2017 as he dropped his 4th game this season. This move is for Kyle Gibson to head down to the minor leagues and redevelop and redeem himself for a later recall at some point down the line this year. This season Kyle Gibson is sitting at 0-4 with dreadful 8.16 ERA. Kyle Gibson is looking at a bit of a stay at AAA. In the meantime, the Twins could be looking at prospects Jose Berrios and Adalberto Mejia to replace them as they are the only two starters in AAA that are on the Twins 40-man roster.
Tampa Bay Rays (AL East): Rays designate outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment. | May 2nd, 2017
- The move clears the roster spot for Colby Rasmus who will be making his Rays debut in the next day or so. Before the season started Shane Peterson signed with the Rays and had a chance to win the Rays starting left fielder job when Rasmus went down but he was used in more of a reserve role. So far this season Peterson posting solid numbers. In 14 games Peterson is hitting .263 with 1 homerun and 6 RBI’s. We don’t expect Shane Peterson to be on waivers for long as a team looking to add outfield help could certainly be interested in him. Peterson can also play first base if the opportunity presents itself.
Washington Nationals (NL East): Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton sustains torn ACL. | May 1st, 2017
- Sources have confirmed that the Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has sustained an ACL tear. This is just part of the story. It has also been confirmed that Eaton has completely torn meniscus and a high ankle sprain. This is a big loss to the Nationals as Eaton was finally finding his flow after starting the season off a bit rocky. Adam Eaton was the Nationals key addition this offseason as they gave up so much to the White Sox just to bring him in. Replacing Adam Eaton is going to be a tough task as the Nationals have Michael Taylor and Chris Heisey to replace Eaton but both are off to a disappointing start. This is a job that is Taylor’s to lose as if he struggles continue they could look to replace him with Heisey or newly called-up Rafael Bautista. This is something to keep tabs on as the season progresses.
Texas Rangers (AL West): Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career. | April 29th, 2017
- For the second time in his major league career, Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle. This is his first cycle since 2008 where he hit for the cycle when he was still a rising player with the Minnesota Twins. Carlos Gomez was in a bit of a slump to start the season but this past week he has been able to redeem himself and improve his batting average which was at one point a dreadful .155. Carlos Gomez’s cycle hitting performance currently has his batting average at a season-high .239. Click here to watch Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle.
San Francisco Giants (NL West): Giants top prospect, third baseman Christian Arroyo. | April 24th, 2017
- The top prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system, 21-year old, Christian Arroyo. Christian Arroyo is being promoted along with Drew Stubbs tonight after the slumping Giants are trying to get their hitting back on track. Christian Arroyo at AAA-Sacramento this season has been on fire batting .446 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI’s through 16 games. With Arroyo up at the majors, the Giants will have him at third base and put Eduardo Nunez in the outfield as the Giants designated Chris Marrero for assignment in the corresponding move.
Seattle Mariners (AL West): Mariners DFA Leonys Martin, promotes Daniel Vogelbach. | April 23rd, 2017
- This was one of many, many moves the Mariners did this morning. Leonys Martin started his 2017 year on bad note having batted .111 so far this season. The Seattle Mariners found Martin expendable and designated him for assignment this morning. It is to note that Martin is carrying a hefty 4 million+ contract so it could be 50-50 that a team will claim him and not claim him. He should be able to find a brand new home in the coming days. Prospect, Daniel Vogelbach will play first while the Mariners could look to have Danny Valencia move to a reserve outfielder role and backup role at first.
Los Angeles Angels (AL West): Angeles DFA Kirby Yates. | April 23rd, 2017
- It has been a rocky month for Yates as this will be his second time being designated for assignment by the Angels (1st dating back on April 2nd). Yates latest outing for the Angels saw him surrender two runs in one inning which made the Angels feel he is expendable. With this being the second DFA in one month by the Angels on Yates he could likely call it quits and look for another opportunity in free agency.
Philadelphia Phillies (NL East): Phillies ace Clay Buchholz likely done for the year with flexor tendon surgery. | April 18th, 2017
- Acquired by the Phillies this offseason, Clay Buchholz came in as veteran depth to an essentially young Phillies rotation but his season is cut short due to flexor tendon injury. Clay Buchholz appeared in two games this season and was a non-factor in each start. Buchholz likely ends his 2017 season with an 0-1 record, 12.27 ERA lasting a total of 7.1 innings in both appearances combined. Buchholz is set to miss 4-6 months so it likely ends his season. The Phillies recalled Zach Eflin from AAA-Lehigh Valley to take Buchholz roster spot.
San Francisco Giants (NL West): Giants place Jarrett Parker on DL with broken clavicle. | April 16th, 2017
- Results came back and results were that Parker broke his clavicle while catching and running into the outfield wall to record an out against the Colorado Rockies. Jarrett Parker will be landing on the 10-day disabled list and could miss even more time once his stint on the disabled list is up which could mean he will be back on the disabled list for roughly a month give or take. The Giants recalled Steven Okert from AAA-Sacramento.
Cincinnati Reds (NL Central): Brandon Finnegan lands on DL with strained left trapezius muscle. | April 16th, 2017
- ANOTHER ROTATION BLOW!! this will be another starting pitcher put on the disabled list due to injury. The injuries just continue to rack up and deplete the Reds rotation. Brandon Finnegan is expected to miss up to at least a month due to the strained muscle. The Cincinnati Reds made a number of moves to accommodate the injuries as they called up RHP Sal Romano and RHP Tim Adleman, both from AAA-Louisville.
Philadelphia Phillies (NL East): Phillies prospect Elniery Garcia Suspended for PED use. | April 14th, 2017
- Elniery Garcia will be suspended for 80 games and the suspension will start immediately. Elniery Garcia is currently ranked as the Phillies #19 best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Elniery Garcia is a rising star in the minors and put up great numbers in 2016 at A-Clearwater (12-4, 2.68 ERA, 91 K’s).
Colorado Rockies (NL West): Rockies pitcher Jon Gray sustains stress fracture. | April 14th, 2017
- During a media press conference, Bud Black confirmed to the media that pitcher Jon Gray sustained a stress fracture in his foot. Jon Gray has been dealing with his foot injury for a long period of time and the injury has finally caught to him and has done its worst to him. The Colorado Rockies placed Gray on the 10-day disabled list and have promoted Shane Carle to take his roster spot and Raimel Tapia to replace Gerardo Parra who was put on the bereavement list.
Philadelphia Phillies (NL East): The Phillies name Joaquin Benoit new closer. | April 10th, 2017
- Per Jim Salisbury, Joaquin Benoit will be taking over as the team’s closer, for the time being, taking the role from struggling pitcher Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez has been horrendous this season and his outing last night against the Nationals did not help his cause. Jeanmar Gomez was panned as he gave up 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 earned runs in last night’s game, settling his ERA at 15.00. Phillies newcomer Joaquin Benoit has been tremendous in 3 appearances, having tossed three scoreless innings so far this year. Let’s see if Benoit can remain at this high level down the stretch.
New York Yankees (AL East): Gary Sanchez to miss four weeks due to a biceps injury. | April 10th, 2017
- The results are in on how bad the injury to Gary Sanchez is and it has been determined he suffered a strain of the right brachialis muscle. Gary Sanchez is not expected to be back with the team until about midway through May so the Yankees will have to work with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka for the time being.
San Diego Padres (NL West): Wil Myers hits for the cycle against Colorado Rockies. | April 10th, 2017
- Padres first baseman Wil Myers went all the way today going 4-4 and hitting for the cycle in the process. Wil Myers got all three of his four hits off Tyler Chatwood and sealed the deal today with a standing triple in the top of 8th inning against Carlos Estévez. Wil Myers becomes the second Padres hitter to hit for the cycle, first being former Padres now current Braves outfielder Matt Kemp. It’s another historic day in Padres history.
San Francisco Giants (NL West): Bumgarner goes yard twice on Opening Day. | April 2nd, 2017
- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit two home run’s in the Giants 6-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The two home runs was not the only thing highlighted tonight, Bumgarner also held a perfect game going into the 6th inning. Madison Bumgarner’s home run’s were hit in the top of the 5th inning off D-Backs ace Zack Greinke and top of the 7th off Andrew Chafin. You can watch both home run’s by clicking the inning number.
St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central): Carlos Martinez throws 7 inning gem. | April 2nd, 2017
- St. Louis Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez pitched a gem tonight as the Cardinals knocked off the defending World Series champions Cubs 4-3. Tonight vs. the Cubs Martinez went 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 batters in a scoreless outing in a no-decision.
Tampa Bay Rays (AL East): Chris Archer goes 7 strong innings vs. Yankees. | April 2nd, 2017
- Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer goes 7 strong innings against the New York Yankees. Archer finished tonight’s game with a line of (7 IP – 5 SO – 2 ER). Watch Archer’s highlight’s from tonight here.