In somewhat shocking news, the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reports that 36-year-old left-hander Scott Schoeneweis has been awarded the final spot in Boston’s Opening Day bullpen.
Schoeneweis was signed to a minor league contract only a few days ago and managed to beat out 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson for the role. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs in seven innings while in Brewers camp earlier this spring, and was upset when given his release last week because he thought the death of his wife last year had something to do with the decision. The Red Sox obviously believe he still has something left.
The lefty allowed 11 earned runs in nine innings last season as a middle reliever for the Diamondbacks.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.