Reds GM says "there's not a lot of interest" in Micah Owings

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Cincinnati has until August 26 to trade or release Micah Owings after designating him for assignment last week, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that “there’s not a lot of interest” in the 27-year-old right-hander.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Owings being “arbitration-eligible next year and represented by Scott Boras … scares teams off” and that may be true, but I’m guessing ERAs of 5.93, 5.34, and 5.40 over the past three seasons is probably the bigger issue.
If the Reds end up releasing him I’m sure Owings can find a minor-league deal somewhere and try to work his way back to the majors, but he’s been so ineffective for so long now as a pitcher and has such an intriguing (and albeit limited) track record as a hitter that I can’t help but think he’d be better off making the transition to full-time position player.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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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.