Crash Course: Weekly Round-Up for May 21-28

Happy Memorial Day, everybody, and welcome to another edition of Crash Course! We had an interesting week, with a pair of early deals, a PED suspension, a surprising DFA, and ton of waiver claims happening. Now is your chance to catch up on everything that went down. With the draft just a week away, I am working on updating the prospect rankings, so I omitted them from this post. They will return next week!

Baltimore Orioles

  • Memorial Day is here, so the front office should be beginning to evaluating who will be up for grabs.

Boston Red Sox

  • As I’m sure you’ve probably heard, the Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment on Friday; on the bright side, the move was made to accommodate Dustin Pedroia‘s activation from the disabled list.
    • My biggest problem with the move is that there are so many alternative roster moves that would have been better for the Sox from a production standpoint. For example, Blake Swihart has been horrible, but there is no doubt minor trade interest in him; why not send him to a rebuilding club in the National League for a minor leaguer and open the spot? I just don’t see a seemingly playoff bound team running with Sandy Leon and Swihart on the bench providing no offensive production, while getting rid of Ramirez who had been hitting at a league average or slightly better clip this season.
  • Hector Velazquez returned from the disabled list and prompted the Sox to send down taxi-guy Bobby Poyner. We’ll probably see Poyner again within the next few weeks. He and Marcus Walden have done a very nice job on the taxi squad.

New York Yankees

  • The big story of the week for the Yankees was the 15 minutes of fame for lefty Ryan Bollinger. While he was recalled on the 23rd, he was optioned on the 24th and cleared outright waivers on the 27th. He did not play in a major league game.
    • A little bit of background, Bollinger was drafted in the 47th round of the 2009 draft as a first baseman by Philly and was released the following year. He proceeded to sign with the White Sox, with whom he played until 2014, when he was released. In that time, he converted to a pitching role. He spent the next few years playing Indy ball and went down to Australia last season, pitching well enough to earn him a minor league deal with the Yanks.
    • Bollinger has looked very good in the minors, but keep in mind the fact that he’s 27 and was dominating in Double-A. Upon being assigned to Triple-A, he struggled a bit more (albeit over a small sample size).
    • As for my scouting report on Bollinger, he has the ceiling of a back-end starter, the floor of organization depth and the 50% of a solid lefty taxi guy. He has excellent control and does a nice job limiting the damage.
  • Greg Bird is back with the Yankees, and Ronald Torreyes was sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
    • The diminutive infielder has been very good for the Yankees over the past few years, including this one in which he posted a .339/.349/.435 slash line (.396 BABip) while posting a career .288/.317/.383 line. I still don’t understand why the Yankees insist on keeping Miguel Andujar up, despite poor defense and just four walks over 168 plate appearances (2.4%).
    • Torreyes is just another very strong player who is a victim of the numbers game. While he may not be an All-Star, he is a very productive and versatile major leaguer. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him draw some trade interest.
  • Billy McKinney was optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Tommy Kahnle. To make room for him in Triple-A, the Yanks cut ties with Adam Lind, who had an .838 OPS in Triple-A.
    • I don’t know what else Adam Lind has to do to get a shot. He hit very well last season, continued to find success in Triple-A and could help multiple teams including the Twins and the Nationals.
  • Erik Kratz was traded to the Brewers in exchange for future considerations. He was replaced on the Triple-A roster by Wilkin Castillo, who was purchased from the independent leagues this week.
    • The 33-year old has shown flashes of being a productive bat in the minor leagues with decent contact ability, but lacks power and plate discipline. He is no longer considered a prospect, as his rookie limits were exceeded in 2009 when he played with the Reds. He is depth.
  • The Yankees cut ties with a trio of players in the minors this week.
    • Infielder Vicente Conde hit .090/.209/.154 with the Triple-A affiliate in Scranton. The former ninth-round pick had a career .609 OPS in the minors.
    • Dalston Blaser, a 24-year old first baseman, got the hook from A-Ball after hitting .202/.297/.282 with very little power, while Luis Cedeno was released despite a 0.68 ERA in 2018 with a 2.56 ERA for his career.
      • I would certainly guess Cedeno signs with the Angels. Billy Eppler and co. use the minor league free agent wire frequently, and especially on player like Cedeno, who probably shouldn’t have been cut.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • The big news coming out of Tampa this week, the Rays acquired Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero from Seattle in exchange for Denard Span and Alex Colome.
    • Obviously, I have been very critical of the Rays over the past few months, but this deal isn’t as bad as many are making it out to be. Sure, I wasn’t a huge fan of how they “sold-low” on a controllable reliever with the upside that Colome possesses, but they saved some money on the Span contract, received Moore, who is still just 23 and looks like a three or a four starter who can help them both now and down the line, while acquiring an excellent lottery ticket in Romero, who has a career 2.27 ERA in the low minor leagues after being selected in the 15th round by the Mariners in 2015. He’s a rising stock prospect who has the potential to shoot up prospect boards soon. While he’s still a bit too far away to place, I don’t see any reason that he can’t remain a starter.
  • The Rays also picked up Wilmer Font from the A’s for Peter Bayer, a 24-year old righty who was taken by the Rays in the ninth round of the 2016 draft.
    • As for Font, he has excellent control, but throws the ball right down the middle which causes an increase to his susceptibility for allowing home runs. While I would anticipate it lasting very long, especially in the American League East, it’s really just a depth move.
  • Willy Adames was recalled by the Rays on Tuesday to replace Joey Wendle on the active roster. Wendle was placed on the paternity leave list and was activated later on in the week.
    • While it should only be a brief cameo for the young infielder, here is a scouting report: “He’s probably not an All-Star, but the glove is amazing. The bat looks good hitting 2nd, and it’s hard not to love the doubles power, although the strikeouts could pose an issue.”
  • Carlos Gomez is back for the Rays, as he and Font replaced the two recently traded players in Span and Colome.
  • In a weekend pitching shuffle, Jaime Schultz replaced Anthony Banda on the active roster.
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Toronto Blue Jays

  • Dalton Pompey was recalled to replace reliever Deck McGuire, as they Jays decided to carry an extra man on the bench for the weekend series. Pompey was replaced by Jaime Garcia who was activated from the disabled list.
  • The Jays made a fantastic minor league signing on Tuesday, bringing in righty Claudio Custodio on a minor league deal.
    • The 27-year old reliever was among my top ten minor league free agents following the 2016 season, however did not sign for the 2017 season despite posting a very strong 2.89 ERA for the Yankees. He will begin in Class A and based on his age, could rise quickly. He is a command first reliever who may not have overpowering stuff, but can get the job done.

Chicago White Sox

  • The Sox got some bad news on Wednesday after catcher Welington Castillo was hit with an 80 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. In the aftermath, the Sox announced a flurry of moves.
    • First, Castillo was placed on the restricted list and Alfredo Gonzalez had his contract purchased. They proceeded to claim Dustin Garneau off of waivers from Oakland and placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 60-day disabled list. Furthermore, Leury Garcia wound up on the disabled list and was replaced by Charlie Tilson.
    • Overall, this move doesn’t impact that Sox very much, as they are buried in the standings at this point, and are still a year or so away from competition. Castillo will return late in the season.
  • Matt Davidson landed on the disabled list with back spasms. While it isn’t considered to be a serious injury, Ricardo Pinto was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Matt Skole.
  • The White Sox brought in another O’s cast off in Alex Presley, who signed a minor league deal on Wednesday. He will join Michael Saunders in the Charlotte outfield.

Cleveland Indians

  • Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation, and was replaced by Ben Taylor and Evan MarshallOliver Drake was designated for assignment as well.
    • Miller has been uncharacteristically terrible since being activated from the disabled list earlier this month. I would have to imagine he wasn’t fully ready to go. His recent skid, along with his age and disabled list time could impact his earnings this winter.
  • Adam Plutko replaced Brandon Guyer on the active roster, after Guyer was placed on the disabled list with a cervical strain.
  • The Indians brought back Mitch Talbot on a minor league deal. He had been pitching in the Atlantic League and had a 1.93 ERA over five starts.
    • Obviously, it’s more of a depth signing than anything, however it’s certainly notable to see a 34-year old signed out of the Atlantic League despite not appearing in the major leagues since 2011. Over 40 innings with the Indians, he posted a 5.04 ERA.

Detroit Tigers

  • Jeimer Candelario was activated from the disabled list and replaced Mikie Mahtook on the active roster. Mahtook has not been very good this season hitting .188/.227/.261 and doesn’t look as if he will be in Detroit for much longer.
  • Gabriel Quintana was released from Double-A to make room for Kody Eaves who was assigned to Double-A in a response to the Mahtook option.
    • Quintana is a first baseman who has hit .178/.238/.283 this season, however has been better at times, with a career .257/.299/.426 line and 104 home runs.
    • Overall, he looks like depth who could be an emergency call-up.

Kansas City Royals

  • Eric Skoglund was placed on the disabled list with a UCL sprain. Eric Stout replaced him on the active roster.
    • It doesn’t appear as though Skoglund will be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery.
  • The Royals cut ties with righty Jared Ruxer from Double-A on Wednesday.
    • Ruxer was acquired in the trade that sent Johnny Giavotella to the Angels a few years ago. While Giavotella had himself a few decent seasons in Los Angeles, Ruxer didn’t find much success in the minor leagues with the Royals, as he mainly served in a swing capacity between Double-A and Class A Advanced. He is now 26 years old.

Minnesota Twins

  • Taylor Motter joined the Twins on a waiver claim on Monday. He was added directly to the major league roster and will serve in a super utility position.
  • In a move to add some depth following Joe Mauer‘s injury, the Twins purchased Chris Carter from the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
    • Chris Carter got screwed by the Brewers a few years ago. I will never, for the life of me, understand how one can be non-tenderred after leading the National League in home runs while making $2.5 million. Unfortunately, the Yankees were not a very good landing spot for him due to inconsistent playing time, and he has become a victim of the backlogged first base market. While he has severe issues with strikeouts as well as defense, the power and plate discipline are outstanding and I hope he can once again find success.
  • The Minnesota Twins recalled Ryan LaMarre back to the active roster and designated Phil Hughes for assignment.
    • While the Twins may be cutting Hughes loose, they still owe him whatever’s left of his $13.2 million salary this season and $13.2 million next year as well. Hughes is a prime example of notoriety from a big market. Somehow, the former first round pick parlayed a 4.53 ERA into a $24 million dollar contract with the Twins, who proceeded to extend him to a larger three-year contract before his original one was even close to up. He had one very good year back in 2013, where he finished seventh in Cy-Young Voting, and aside from that, a decent season in the bullpen and a few pedestrian innings eating seasons.
  • Hughes was traded to the Padres with the 74th pick in the draft in exchange for Janigson Villalobos.
    • Looking at the Twins side of it, the Padres are taking on $7,500,000 of Hughes salary, and they received a very solid young catcher in Villalobos, however the draft pick is a bit tough to swallow.
    • As for their young catcher, he is a career .253/.408/.322 hitter in rookie league. At 21-years old, he has a good glove and while he doesn’t have much in terms of tools, could be a back-up if he can improve his power.
  • Miguel Sano was activated from the disabled list and replaced Jake Cave on the active roster. To accommodate the move, Brock Stassi was released from the Twins’ Triple-A team after hitting .211/.316/.316 over 32 games.

Houston Astros

  • Jake Marisnick is back with the Astros after Josh Reddick wound up on the disabled list with an infection.
    • Assuming Marisnick looks solid in his return, he will probably stick with the club. I would imagine J.D. Davis will head to the minors the next time they need a roster spot.

Los Angeles Angels

  • Jaime Barria was called up to make another start replacing Michael Hermosillo on the active roster.
  • Akeel Morris was recalled from Triple-A and took Ian Krol‘s spot on the roster.
    • Krol was given one appearance, in which he was successful. His minor league numbers have been fantastic in 2018, posting a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings pitched
  • Carter wasn’t the only power hitter who the Angels cut ties with on Tuesday, as Ryan Schimpf was granted his release. Apparently, he requested it, which seems odd, seeing as how he was on the taxi squad.
  • One thing that I will say about Billy Eppler and co. is that I love how they consistently use the minor league free agent market to bring in high upside players. This week, Dario Beltre joined the Angels after being cut from the division rival Rangers a few weeks ago. This is what I had to say about Beltre following his release from the Rangers:
    • “While Beltre struggled over his first nine plus innings in Class A (6.75 ERA), he had posted a considerably more serviceable 3.75 ERA throughout his career. At 25-years old, he’s probably nothing more than a depth piece with good stuff and no control, but I would certainly give him a shot based on past success and an undeniable ability to limit home runs and induce ground balls. (six home runs allowed over 163 innings pitched with consistent >50% ground ball rates).
  • The Angels cut ties with outfielder Jake Yacinich from Double-A Mobile.
    • Yacinich, an eighth round selection back in 2014, was a career .254/.304/.342 hitter who had shown decent speed, but lacked any other offensive tools. While I wouldn’t be surprised to see another team take a flyer on the 25-year old to serve in a depth capacity, I don’t believe he has much of an impact barring changes in his game.
  • Also released was righty Jordan Jankowski who was replaced by Ivan Pineyro who was activated from the disabled list. Jankowski had posted a rough 8.20 ERA with 15 walks over 18.2 innings.

Oakland A’s

  • Carlos Ramirez and Chris Bassitt joined the A’s this week, and Josh Lucas was sent to the minor leagues and Santiago Casilla was placed on the disabled list. Bassitt was replaced by Frankie Montas the next day.
  • The A’s had a lot of roster movement this week, as they lost Dustin Garneau on waivers to the White Sox following the Castillo suspension and traded Wilmer Font to the Rays in exchange for Peter Bayer.
    • Bayer is a minor league reliever with a career 4.08 ERA in the low minor leagues. He’s really just a depth piece who doesn’t have any control. His stuff is very good though.

Seattle Mariners

  • If you think Deadpool had it bad through his most recent movie (which I strongly advise seeing), you clearly don’t live in Seattle. Less than a week after losing second baseman Robinson Cano to a broken pinky and a PED suspension, his replacement at second base, Dee Gordon was placed on the disabled list with a fractured toe. Dan Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A for the time being, however the M’s are seriously up the creek without a paddle, as they have so many glaring needs at this deadline, and almost no prospects to trade from. Jerry Dipoto is going to need to get very creative over the next few months.
  • The big news coming out of Seattle was the trade that I mentioned under the Rays’ tab. They acquired Denard Span and Alex Colome from the Rays in exchange for Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. John Andreoli was sent down to clear a spot for Span.
    • I’ll admit, losing Moore is tough, but they got a young, controllable, high upside closer and an experienced outfielder out of the deal. It benefits them in the short-term, and could help them compete in the top-heavy American League.
    • I don’t think they’re done adding to the roster, however it will be difficult seeing as how they lack much in terms of prospects. They are going to need to get creative here, and I would suggest grabbing buy-low options such as Ronald Torreyes, Blake Swihart, Tommy La Stella, Mark Zagunis and Andrew Toles.
  • The next day, the M’s recalled Dan Altavilla and selected the contract of Chris Herrmann, while optioning David Freitas and Daniel Vogelbach, placing Nick Vincent on the disabled list with a groin strain and designating Taylor Motter for assignment. Motter was claimed by Minnesota

Texas Rangers

  • It was a quiet week in Arlington, however Austin Bibens-Dirkx replaced Brandon Mann in the bullpen. Mann was good in his time with the club and should be back up in relatively short order.
  • The Rangers also made a minor trade, picking up Michael Roth from the Cubs in exchange for cash.

Atlanta Braves

  • Ronald Acuna hit the disabled list with a knee contusion and a mild ACL sprain. While it isn’t expected to be a very long absence, the Braves will be in good hands with Preston Tucker. Max Fried was recalled from Triple-A to take his spot.
  • Luis Gohara was placed on the bereavement list and was replaced by Matt Wisler on the active roster.
  • The Braves signed recently released infielders Marcos Almonte and Luis Marte to minor league contracts. This is what I had to say about the infielder upon his release:
    • “Marcos Almonte is a career .248/.317/.367 hitter who hasn’t exhibited much in terms of tools. He’s also merely a depth guy.”
    • “Marte is a glove first infielder who has never really been able to hit. He has decent speed, as he has stolen 88 stolen bases throughout his career in the minor leagues, however that comes with a poor .243/.262/.330 line.”

Miami Marlins

  • It was a quiet week for the Marlins, however Martin Prado was placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and was replaced with J.T. Riddle.

New York Mets

  • P.J. Conlon was recalled from Triple-A to replace Chris Flexen on Sunday.
  • The Mets signed Jose Bautista to a major league contract on Tuesday and optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A.
    • I have to admit that I am certainly a bit surprised that he received a major league deal so quickly. He seems likely to serve as a bench guy who can alleviate Adrian Gonzalez of the heavy workload that he has been getting recently.
  • Evans was recalled on Monday, and Hansel Robles was activated from the disabled list to replace A.J. Ramos and Wlimer Flores who were both placed on the disabled list. Flores has a sore back, while Ramos strained his right shoulder. Neither is expected to be out for very long.
  • Gerson Bautista was also recalled from Triple-A, and Kevin Plawecki was added back to the active roster from the disabled list. Tomas Nido was sent down
  • Aaron Laffey was signed off of the Somerset Patriots earlier this week, and was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. He will give the Mets some left-handed rotation depth.
  • The Mets made a pair of cuts at Double-A, as righty Johnny Magliozzi and shortstop Colby Woodmansee were both released.
    • Magliozzi, 26, is a solid, albeit dime a dozen righty depth reliever who has had success in the low minor leagues, however was pitching against far less advanced competition. While I would expect somebody to give him a shot, he’s going to need to perform better than he did in his first crack at Double-A.
    • As for Woodmansee, he was a 5th round selection back in 2016 who did not play a single game this season. Over his career, he has hit .213/.268/.276 while showing no offensive tools whatsoever.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • This Phillies had a quiet week, however Odubel Herrera continues to impress, as he’s hitting an insane .331/.396/.519 with seven home runs. Hopefully, this begins to give the young outfielder the recognition that he has deserved since receiving he was selected in the Rule V draft from the Rangers.

Washington Nationals

  • Justin Miller was recalled from Triple-A to replace Erick Fedde on the active roster. To accommodate the move on the 40-man roster, Carlos Torres was sent outright to Triple-A.
  • The Nationals made a pair of minor league signings on Tuesday bringing in outfielder Jaff Decker and power hitter Adam Brett Walker II. Walker was assigned to Triple-A after being released by the Braves earlier this month. He has always had excellent plate discipline and could be under consideration for a call-up with further injuries.
    • As for Walker, the power is undeniable, as he led almost every league he played in in home runs throughout his minor league career, however he is very one-dimensional. He will probably serve as depth and could be called upon in an emergency situation.
  • Moises Sierra cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

Chicago Cubs

  • Randy Rosario was recalled again, in the hopes of making his major league debut. Chris Gimenez joined him from Iowa and Victor Caratini was optioned, Yu Darvish was placed on the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis. Efren Navarro was also designated for assignment.
  • Luke Farrell was recalled from Triple-A to replace Justin Hancock in the bullpen. It’s simply a bullpen shuffle.
  • The Cubs made a pair of cuts in Kyle Miller and Elvis Diaz, both of whom were pitching in a relief capacity at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach.
    • Miller, 24, had a career 3.34 ERA, however struggled with control despite lackluster stuff and mediocre strikeout numbers. He struggled in his first go at Class A Advanced and looks to be the type of pitcher who has a hard time with the upper levels.
    • As for Diaz, 25, he has decent stuff and control and should certainly get a shot elsewhere. While he struggled this season, he has a career 3.91 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Rosell Herrera was sent down to the minors after struggling mightily as a pinch hitter in his brief time up with the major league club. He was replaced by Brandon Dixon.
    • I was certainly a bit disappointed by Herrera’s first major league stint, however I believe that he will be back in short order. Hopefully next time we get to see him in situations other than pinch-hitting. As for Dixon, he will assume the same 25th man bench spot that Herrrera had held.
  • The Reds made a very solid minor league signing on Wednesday as they brought back Alejandro Chacin, who had been pitching in the Atlantic League.
    • Chacin has a low 90’s fastball with a plus change and a decent breaking ball. While his control could use some work, he’s a set-up ceiling reliever with the floor of a taxi guy based on his three pitch mix. He was #1 on the list I mentioned regarding Claudio Custodio, although was re-signed by the Reds just before the minor league free agency period began.

Milwaukee Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Starling Marte and Joe Musgrove were activated from the 10-day disabled list while Jose Osuna was optioned and George Kontos was designated for assignment.
  • Nick Kingham was recalled from Triple-A on Monday to take Ivan Nova‘s spot on the roster. He sprained his right right finger.
  • The Pirates released lefty Tyler Jones from Triple-A on Tuesday after he had posted a 5.40 ERA over his first 16.2 innings pitched in Triple-A. His spot was taken by Jesus Liranzo who has looked fantastic since being claimed off of waivers last month.
    • Jones is perhaps best known for being selected by the Diamondbacks in the Rule V Draft last season. Now 28 years old, he seems unlikely to get another shot like that in the near future.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Saturday was a good day for the Cardinals as Carson Kelly and Tyler Lyons were both activated from the disabled list replacing Greg Holland and Steven Baron on the active roster.
    • Holland was placed on the disabled list with a right hip impingement.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Okay, Diamondbacks fans, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, Steven Souza is back on the disabled list with the same injury that kept him out for the first five weeks of the season. On the bright side, though, Socrates Brito was finally recalled from Triple-A.
    • Can somebody explain to me why Brito’s stock fell so drastically? Despite a rather poor showing over his first 40 major league games, he has hit below .275 one time throughout his entire minor league career and has shown a great glove, solid speed and average power. I wholeheartedly believe that he is going to be a well above average major leaguer.
  • Kris Medlen announced his retirement this week, after struggling in his final major league appearance.
    • He will finish his career with a very solid 3.33 ERA over 599.1 innings pitched while making $18.327 million.

Colorado Rockies

  • Ryan McMahon is back with the Rockies to replace utility infielder Pat Valaika off of the bench.
  • The Rockies signed former A’s top prospect Sean Nolin to a minor league deal on Tuesday and released Jason Garcia from Double-A to accommodate the move.
    • Nolin pitched for the first time since 2015, going 1.1 scoreless innings for the Hartford Yard Goats. He had been sidelined by injury and could be a very interesting story line to watch.
    • As for Garcia, he had been sporting a 9.64 ERA over his first month and a half in Double-A.
  • They also signed Nelson Molina who was released by the Twins last week. Here’s what I had to say about Molina when he was cut loose.
    • “Molina, 23, is a lefty swinging third baseman who was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft. His 2018 numbers were on par with his career numbers, as he had been running a .234/.306/.273 line, which is only slightly worse than his career line of .243/.306/.309.”

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • In a Tuesday pitching shuffle, Brock Stewart replaced Pat Venditte on the active roster to take the start for Rich Hill who landed on the disabled list.
  • The following day, JT Chargois was replaced by Edward Paredes.
    • Chargois was very good early in the year, but had some trouble lately. He has high potential, but will head back to Oklahoma City for the time being.

San Diego Padres

  • Hunter Renfroe is back from the disabled list, and Franchy Cordero was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move with a right forearm strain.
  • The Padres took advantage of their rebuilding status and lack of money on the books and were able to secure the 72nd overall pick in the draft as well as Phil Hughes in exchange for rookie league catcher Janison Villalobos. Kyle McGrath was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
    • The Padres will only eat $7,500,000 of his salary, therefore, they have a good chance of winning this deal. Assuming they keep Hughes, he needs to be worth just about 1.0 WAR (using FanGraphs’ standard 1 WAR=$8 million), or their draft pick, for that matter.

San Francisco Giants

  • The Giants called up righty Dereck Rodriguez from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, and optioned infielder Miguel Gomez to Triple-A. D.J. Snelton was designated for assignment.
    • Rodriguez is a pretty solid minor league starter, who looks like a back-end guy with decent control and solid enough stuff. He signed a minor league deal with the Giants after becoming a minor league free agent following spending most of his career with the Twins.
    • Snelton is a solid lefty middle reliever who looks like a taxi-guy. He could draw some interest based on the fact that he’s a lefty.
  • Jose Valdez landed on the disabled list with inflammation in his shoulder and was replaced by Josh Osich. This is probably for the best, as Valdez had been horrible since being called up. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that he wasn’t cut loose. Osich didn’t last very long either, as he was replaced by Mac Williamson.
  • The Giants brought in a pair of minor league free agents: Dan Camarena and Taylor Hill.
    • Each will provide rotation depth in the upper minor leagues for the Giants. As I have said before, I am higher on Camarena than I should be, however he’s coming off of an awful showing for the Yankees’ Triple-A team.
    • Hill hasn’t pitched this season, and is coming off of a 5.92 ERA season for the Nationals between Double and Triple-A. Overall, he’s a finesse pitcher with great control, but horrible stuff. He’s probably depth.

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