It’s one thing to talk about a deal, but it’s another thing altogether to make a deal. Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is reporting this morning that, despite talking about it for over a week, the Cardinals dealing for Roy Oswalt is “unlikely.”
The reason: as it appeared last week, the Astros simply aren’t being realistic about what they can expect in return. Indeed, as of Friday it was being reported that Ed Wade wanted two top prospects, a third minor-league
player, and a young player who is “major-league ready.” In a world where Dan Haren brings back a middling prospect and a bunch of chaff, that simply isn’t happening.
Between Wade’s demands, the Cardinals’ hesitance, Oswalt’s no-trade clause and the fact that the Phillies have started to get their stuff together and thus may not be as desperate, it remains to be seen if anyone matches up with the Astros at this point.
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.