Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list. Turns out that Mets
center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators
last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved
drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness.
According to the Associated Press, Beltran went to Toronto to consult with Dr. Galea
while he was sidelined with his knee injury last summer. He says he’s not worried about the investigation because he
didn’t do anything wrong. This jibes with everything we’ve heard from Reyes, Rodriguez, and Bud Selig.
As of press time there was no comment from Ian O’Connor, mostly because he’s been blinded by apoplectic rage the week’s events.
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.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
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.