Cards still shopping after 'encouraging' Glaus news

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Last week general manager John Mozeliak assessed Troy Glaus’ chances of playing this season
at “probably less than 50-50,” leading to speculation that the
Cardinals could be in the market for a veteran replacement at third
base.

However, yesterday Mozeliak called the latest news
on Glaus’ recovery from offseason shoulder surgery “encouraging.” Glaus
has been cleared to begin throwing and swinging a bat next week,
although Mozeliak noted that “the timetable is still quite unknown” and
“it’s probably going to be somewhere between the All-Star game and
August 1 if he were to return.”

Mozeliak made it clear that the Cardinals are still in the market for a fill-in third baseman and the name being tossed around most often is Mark DeRosa of the Indians.

He’d be an upgrade over the Joe Thurston-Brian Barden combo that’s
hit just .247/.332/.376, plus he’s an impending free agent who’d likely
be relatively inexpensive to acquire and has enough defensive
versatility to fall back into a utility role should Glaus return.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.