FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that, while nothing is imminent, the Tigers are looking to deal Edwin Jackson in an effort to shed some payroll. Jackson only made a bit over $2 million last year, but he’s arbitration eligible, and coming off a 13-9, 3.62 ERA season he’s looking at a pretty big raise.
That the team feels obligated to at least explore trading a useful pitcher still under team control for three more years because of payroll considerations has to be galling to Tigers’ fans. Especially in light of the fact that they still owe Dontrelle Willis $12 million, Jeremy Bonderman $12.5 million and Nate Robertson $10 million, and that none of them brought thing one to the table this year or are likely to next year.
Rosenthal and Morosi throw out the Dodgers as a possible suitor, but really, if the Tigers are serious, there are no shortage of teams that could use a guy like Jackson.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.