Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel passes along word that veteran right-hander Jorge Sosa has joined up with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sosa has pitched for the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Nationals over the course of his eight-year professional career. He was a member of Washington’s bullpen last season and posted a 6.45 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before he was eventually designated for assignment.
The 32-year-old was at his best back in 2005, when he finished 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 44 appearances (20 starts) for Atlanta. Of course, that was a long time ago, and he’s unlikely to make a splash in the big leagues anytime in the near future. But, uh, just in case you kind folks were wondering what the guy is up to…
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.