Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

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As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary.
For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote him to the minors. Sherrill can refuse the minor-league assignment, but doing so would mean forfeiting about $2 million and … well, that’s not going to happen.
Acquired from the Orioles just before last season’s trade deadline for prospects Josh Bell and Steve Johnson, he posted a 0.65 ERA in 27.2 innings down the stretch for the Dodgers.
However, he struggled in the playoffs, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings while walking four and uncorking three wild pitches, and the 33-year-old left-hander has a 7.48 ERA and ugly 12/17 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings this season.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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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.