Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow.
The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors by May 30, which leaves him at most 3-4 starts at Triple-A to convince the Cubs to call him up.
Davis 37 years old and his 2010 was wrecked by injuries, but prior to that he had an ERA under 5.00 in nine straight seasons and tossed 203 innings in 2009. If healthy he’s still a solid fourth or fifth starter.
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.