Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds


Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract.
“We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll know in next day or so.” Jocketty, who was the GM in St. Louis during Isringhausen’s prime, said “he looked good” but “is a long ways from being able to pitch in a game.”
Dusty Baker said: “He looked good for a guy who’s been out a while. He looked strong.”
Pitching coach Bryan Price said: “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready. He looked very healthy to me.”
That somewhere will probably be Triple-A, assuming that Isringhausen accepts the Reds’ offer. He reportedly has a few other teams interested.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.