Padres general manager Kevin Towers, on Jake Peavy’s chances of returning from an ankle injury to pitch in the second half:
I think it’s 50-50 if Jake will pitch again this season. We’ll know
more when he comes out of the cast. I can’t speak for Jake, but I’d
much rather have him ready for 2010 than risking more serious injury by
coming back too early this year.
Peavy’s injury wiped away whatever chance the Padres had of finding a
palatable trade for him this season, but once he gets healthy the
rumors figure to start up again this winter. In the meantime Towers
indicated that he won’t look to deal Adrian Gonzalez or Heath Bell, but
could field offers for guys like Chad Gaudin, Cla Meredith, and Kevin
Correia before they become eligible for arbitration in 2010.
Towers was also asked what role Brian Giles would fill if he returns
from a knee injury and responded: “I don’t see Giles taking playing
time away from” young outfielders Chase Headley, Tony Gwynn Jr., Will
Venable, and Kyle Blanks. “The focus is with youth now,” Towers said.
“I’m kind of excited about our prospects.”
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.