Just in case you had an iota of doubt in your mind that the Vernon Wells deal was all about payroll relief, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera.
Rivera is set to earn $5.25 million this season after which he will become a free agent. Rosenthal writes that the 32-year-old outfielder isn’t in the team’s long-term plans, so Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made him available. Of course, Anthopoulos has already flipped Mike Napoli — the other part of the return for Wells — to the Rangers for right-handed reliever Frank Francisco.
As of now, Rivera and Travis Snider project to play the corner outfield positions for the Jays, with Rajai Davis in center field and Jose Bautista at third base. Rosenthal doesn’t expect Rivera to be traded before spring training, but if there is a quick resolution, he speculates that the club could sign Scott Podsednik to be their leadoff hitter.
Indians reliever Andrew Miller lasted only six pitches in Monday night’s appearance against the Red Sox. He walked Mookie Betts on six pitches before being relieved by Dan Otero. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Miller reaggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Miller, 32, missed a couple of weeks earlier this month with patella tendinitis. He was activated last Friday and got two outs in a scoreless appearance against the Royals that night.
Bastian pointed out that Miller’s velocity has been lower than usual. He averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball on Friday and 90.1 MPH on Monday, well below his normal average around 94 MPH.
The Indians should have more on Miller’s status after Monday’s game or on Tuesday. The lefty is carrying a 1.65 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings on the season.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush collided attempting to catch an infield pop-up during Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both he and Gallo are experiencing concussion symptoms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, and Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture. Gallo has not yet been put on the disabled list.
Losing both players is a big loss for the Rangers, who entered Monday’s action just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Gallo, 23, has had a breakout season, batting .205/.329/.561 with 35 home runs, 65 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 410 plate appearances.
Bush, 31, has been solid out of the bullpen, putting up a 3.04 ERA with a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.