Augusto Cardenas, a Venezuelan baseball writer from Diario Panorama, writes that the Dodgers, Mariners, Rangers and Red Sox are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Marco Scutaro.
According to a series of “tweets” by Cardenas, Scutaro
would prefer to sign with the Red Sox or Dodgers, as he would have a
better chance of reaching the playoffs. Scutaro said the Dodgers want
him to play second base, while the Red Sox have approached him about
their vacancy at shortstop. Others, according to Cardenas, would want him to play third base, though a specific team wasn’t mentioned.
Scutaro hasn’t ruled out returning
to the Blue Jays, but he is more likely to get a multi-year contract
from another club. Toronto is expected to offer the 34-year-old
arbitration next week.
If Cardenas‘ name sounds familiar, it should. He was the one who ruffled some feathers by breaking the Erik Bedard-to-Seattle trade two years ago. This report is much less controversial, of course, since he talked to the subject in question and the Red Sox and Dodgers are pretty logical landing spots for Scutaro.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.