We’re about to find out.
Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right shoulder in July. Due to the unique nature of the injury, there hasn’t been any clear timetable for his return. The right-hander recently began throwing off a mound, but his status for the start of the 2011 season is still in doubt.
The White Sox have discussed moving last year’s first-round pick Chris Sale to the starting rotation if Peavy is forced to begin the year on the disabled list, though the team’s pitching coach Don Cooper has been vocal about giving the left-hander a clearly defined role on the club.
Peavy, who turns 30 in May, is owed $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012 with a $22 million option or $4 million buyout for 2013.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.