Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have come to terms with reliever Bob Howry on a one-year deal with a club option for 2011. The contract, believed to be in the area of $2-3 million, is contingent upon a physical.
Howry, 35, tallied a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/23 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3
innings (63 games) with the Giants last season. One of the game’s most
durable bullpen arms, he has made at least 63 appearances in each of
the last five seasons. The Arizona-native has a 3.36 ERA over 12 career
Howry is yet another new piece for A.J. Hinch’s bullpen, as the
D’Backs picked up right-hander Aaron Heilman from the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers in November.
The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.
Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.
Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.