Here’s a list of all the current major league regulars with the fewest runs batted in per plate appearance this year:
Magglio Ordonez (2 RBI in 83 PA)
Kosuke Fukudome (2 RBI in 82 PA)
Jamey Carroll (3 RBI in 117 PA)
Jason Bartlett (4 RBI in 110 PA)
Michael Cuddyer (4 RBI in 105 PA)
Austin Jackson (5 RBI in 131 PA)
And a similar list using runs scored, rather than RBI.
Magglio Ordonez (2 runs in 83 PA)
Mark Ellis (4 runs in 112 PA)
James Loney (5 runs in 120 PA)
Brad Hawpe (4 runs in 84 PA)
Jorge Cantu (4 runs in 82 PA)
And Ordonez has been that impotent despite hitting third in a very respectable lineup. Brendan Ryan is batting ninth for the Mariners and hitting .177 this season, yet he’s still managed six runs scored and seven RBI in 94 plate appearances. Ordonez is averaging a run scored and an RBI every 10 games!
I’m not saying Ordonez is done, and I’m not saying that his poor run and RBI numbers mean much of anything going forward.
I’m just saying he’s been really, really, really lousy so far.
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.