As noted by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Astros starter Roy Oswalt collected the 1,500th strikeout of his career Thursday against the Reds. Here’s a look at where he stands on the active list:
1. Jamie Moyer – 2355
2. Javier Vazquez – 2271
3. Andy Pettitte – 2172
4. Tim Wakefield – 1995
5. Kevin Millwood – 1836
6. Johan Santana – 1761
7. Livan Hernandez – 1725
8. Chan Ho Park – 1666
9. CC Sabathia – 1618
10. Roy Halladay – 1528
11. Barry Zito – 1520
12. Roy Oswalt – 1500
13. A.J. Burnett – 1489
14. Tim Hudson – 1413
As for the all-time list? Well, he ranks 171st, right behind Goose Gossage (1502 career strikeouts) and Paul Derringer (1507). Oswalt, 32, entered Thursday’s start against the Reds with a 2-2 record, 1.00 WHIP, 2.42 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio through four starts this season.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.