UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com says the deal will be worth $900,000 if Mahay makes the big league roster and remains on it.
6:33 PM: The Dodgers have officially announced the minor league contract on their team Twitter feed.
6:14 PM: From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Dodgers have nearly agreed to a contract with left-handed reliever Ron Mahay.
Mahay drew interest from the Red Sox and Mets earlier this offseason, but talks with those clubs never got far.
The 39-year-old is likely to serve in a lefty specialist role out in Los Angeles this season, as long as everything goes smoothly this spring.
He finished with a solid 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 34 innings last year for the American League Central champion Twins, holding left-handed batters to a cool .219/.239/.281 batting line.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times says that the new contract is of the minor league variety and carries an invitation to spring training, where Mahay will have to prove his worth.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Padres are working to trade starter Andrew Cashner. He notes that a deal may be consummated before he takes the hill for Tuesday’s start in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers have had reported interest in Cashner.
Cashner is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He missed over three weeks between June 11 and July 2 due to a strained neck.
The right-hander is earning $9.625 million this season and will be eligible for free agency after the season.
The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the club activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman had been out since July 7 with a strained rib cage on the left side.
Zimmerman has been inserted in the sixth spot in Tuesday’s lineup against the Indians. The veteran went on the DL with a lackluster .221/.284/.402 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 313 plate appearances.
Clint Robinson and Daniel Murphy split time at first base in Zimmerman’s absence, which allowed Trea Turner to get regular playing time at second base. Turner will play center field on Tuesday night.
The Nationals also activated pitcher Sammy Solis from the disabled list. Solis had been out since July 7 with inflammation in his right knee.