The Cleveland Indians agreed to sign left-handed relief pitcher Boone Logan on Thursday.
Logan and the Indians reached a one-year, $5.5 million deal with a club option for 2018. The option is valued at $7 million with a $1 million buyout. At a minimum, Logan will earn a guaranteed $6.5 million.
The Indians have recognized that this is their chance to win the World Series, coming off an AL pennant run in 2016. Logan is the second big addition for them this offseason, with the first coming in the form of slugging first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired General Manager Dave Stewart and Manager Chip Hale on Monday, according to a team announcement.
The swift movement of Diamondbacks’ management has been expected for some time now; it was widely believed a regime change would be put in place following a dismal 2016 season.
Despite the firings of both Stewart and Hale, Diamondbacks’ Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa may still have a job in 2017, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and other media reports. Arizona is reportedly undecided as to whether La Russa will be a part of the team’s future plans.
The Diamondbacks promised a competitive 2016 season after the front office signed ace starting pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million deal and traded for Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves, among other moves. However, the team did not live up to hefty expectations, finishing 69-93, ranking fourth in the NL West.
The Shelby Miller trade, in particular, is shaping up to be one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory. The Diamondbacks’ traded former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson, along with other valuable pieces, in order to get Miller, who stumbled to a 6.15 ERA in 101 innings at the big league level (Miller was actually demoted to Triple-A during the season).
There has been no word on possible replacements for Stewart and Hale, though Ray Montgomery and Phil Nevin could be fits, as Robert Murray of FanRag says.
Three top prospects around the league were promoted to the Major Leagues on Sunday.
Astros promote Alex Bregman
In a move that was expected to come for quite some time, the Astros officially promoted shortstop Alex Bregman after their game tonight. His MLB debut will come tomorrow against the Yankees.
Bregman, 22, was the Astros' 1st round (2nd overall) pick in last year's MLB Draft out of LSU. He has absolutely crushed every pitching he faced in the minor leagues and has a .986 OPS this season with 20 home runs in 368 plate appearances at Double-A and Triple-A. With Houston, Bregman is expected to fill in at both the infield and the outfield, where he has gotten some in-game experience more recently.
Diamondbacks promote Braden Shipley
The Diamondbacks promoted right-handed pitching prospect Braden Shipley to start for them tomorrow against the Brewers.
The 24-year-old Shipley was the Diamondbacks' 1st round pick (13th overall) in 2013 out of the University of Nevada-Reno. In 19 starts this season with Triple-A Reno (quite fittingly), Shipley has posted a 3.70 ERA and a 77 to 22 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 119 1/3 innings pitched. It's currently unknown if Shipley is expected to stay in the Majors for an extended period of time or make just tomorrow's start.
Rockies promote David Dahl
After a long road through the minor leagues that included having his spleen removed after an in-game injury, the Colorado Rockies will be promoting outfield prospect David Dahl before tomorrow's game, a source confirmed to Cover Those Bases.
Dahl, who had to have a splenectomy in May 2015 due to an outfield collision, picked up right where he left off in 2016. Thus far, the Rockies' 2012 first round pick (10th overall) has a .963 OPS with 18 home runs in 400 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A this season. In 16 games at the minors' highest level, Dahl has posted an outlandish 1.417 OPS with five home runs.
It's not currently known how long Dahl's stay in the Majors will last, a source said.
The Colorado Rockies have placed shortstop Jose Reyes on release waivers Thursday.
Reyes will be on release waivers for 48 hours, and unless he is claimed by a team, he will become an unrestricted free agent on Saturday.
The chances that Reyes will be claimed on waivers are practically zero, as if a team decided to claim him, then they would be forced to pay the rest of his current contract.
Reyes is still owed an approximate $38 million on his contract. He is owed over $11 million through the rest of the season, followed by a $22 million salary in 2017 and a $4 million buyout for a 2018 team option.
The Rockies designated Reyes for assignment on June 15, the day he returned from a 52 game suspension for a domestic violence offense that occurred last offseason.
The 33-year-old Reyes has already been on a decline performance-wise during the past few years.
In 2015, Reyes hit for just a .274/.310/.378 clip with seven home runs, 53 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 519 plate appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies. He was worth 0.5 fWAR.
When he was younger, Reyes was a perennial All-Star with the New York Mets, with his best season coming in 2011. Reyes led the league in batting average with a .337/.384/.493 line in 586 plate appearances, adding 39 stolen bases.
The Mets may be interested in a reunion with Reyes, as their offense has faltered over the past few weeks. The team has the seventh-worst on-base percentage in the Majors, as well an OPS that ranks in the bottom third.
They must weigh a PR decision, however, as Reyes does come with the domestic violence incident attached to his name.
When Reyes signs with another team, whomever that may be, it will likely be for the league minimum (if it is a Major League deal). He will still be paid his large salary by the Rockies.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended without pay through May 31 as part of their domestic violence policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday.
Reyes had already been placed on paid leave through the Rockies' first 34 games as the investigations unfolded. According to the announcement, he will have to forfeit his salary for those games as well as the next 17.
In fact, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says, Reyes will lose 52 games worth of salary in total (due to a rainout). That will be a loss of about $7.06 million.
Reyes was arrested on October 31, 2015 in Hawaii for alleged domestic abuse charges against his wife. However, the charges were dropped in March due to her refusal to cooperate in the proceedings. Reyes was scheduled to go on trial on April 4.
In his absence, the Rockies have benefitted from great play from his replacement, Trevor Story. The 23-year-old rookie has hit .266/.327/.597 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 153 plate appearances this season.
Even when Reyes returns from his suspension next month, it's possible that he will not be playing for Colorado.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there are teams interested in trading for Reyes. Jayson Stark, also of ESPN, was told by an executive that the Rockies "want no part of" Reyes even when he does return.
The possibly challenging part of trading Reyes for the Rockies would be due to his contract obligations. Subtracting out the $7.06 million he will lose this season, Reyes is still owed $40.94 million guaranteed through 2017 (with an option for 2018).
Over his career, the soon-to-be 33-year-old Reyes has hit .290/.339/.431 with 118 home runs, 621 RBIs, and 479 stolen bases in 13 seasons. He is a four-time All-Star.