That’s what Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune are reporting:
“Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once
had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely
necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues
for a long time. “If the team continues to struggle throughout the rest
of the season it could become a bigger problem that will have to be
I’m reminded that Guillen and the Sox are part of that MLB Network reality show this year. How much of the strain in the relationship is a function of the team losing and how much of it is a function of people on reality shows going all drama queen at the drop of a hat in order to play up for the cameras? Even seemingly normal people are cajoled into acting ridiculous for these things. Of course, it’s Ozzie we’re talking about, so why I’m making references to normal people is beyond me.
Anyway, I think Ozzie’s job is safe because, as Mitchell and Kaplan note, team owner Jerry Reinsdorf loves him. Kenny Williams on the other hand? That’s a really good question.
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.