Mark Hale of the New York Post reports that Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium today. The Red Sox, of course, need a first baseman. Without any decent first basemen likely to make it through waivers, Delgado may be their best option. Though they may have to battle Chicago to get him.
Weird addition to the end of Hale’s article: “He also would bring another New York twist to the Yankees-Red Sox
rivalry, having played with the Mets from 2006 through last season.”
In what way does that add a twist? It adds no more of a twist than if the Yankees hired a guy for their mail room who used to work at a Kinkos in suburban Boston.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.