D.J. Carrasco tells Pirates he's "open to" trade to contender

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It’s not often you hear about a journeyman middle reliever asking to be traded, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that D.J. Carrasco met with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington last week “to express his openness to being traded to a contender.”
Kovacevic makes it clear that he “neither demanded a trade in the meeting nor said he would prefer one” and Carrasco clarified the situation by saying “it’s just something that I’m open to, playing for a contender.”
While the situation is an odd one, the Pirates would be smart to trade Carrasco regardless of what he’s “open to.” He’s a solid enough pitcher, posting a 3.88 ERA this season and a 3.84 ERA over the past three seasons, but he’s also 33 years old and was available for just a minor-league contract this offseason. If the Pirates can get a decent prospect or two for him six months after acquiring him for essentially nothing they’d be silly not to jump at it.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.