Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment.
The move allowed the club to add outfielder Jay Gibbons, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2007 but was batting .347/.375/.594 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A Albuquerque. He’ll serve as a nice late-innings pinch-hitter as the Dodgers attempt to climb back into contention. They currently sit seven games back of the Padres for the top spot in the National League West and six games back of the Giants for the Wild Card.
Anderson, 38, was batting just .181/.204/.271 this season with two home runs and 12 RBI over 155 at-bats. He will have the option of electing free agency, but the veteran may be better off sticking with the Dodgers organization and hoping for a late-season promotion. He signed a minor league contract back in early March.
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.