ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand reports that the Yankees never weighed releasing Jorge Posada following Saturday’s insubordination.
Sourcing a baseball official with knowledge of the team’s thinking, there was “zero discussion” given to cutting Posada loose. The source says that Posada is going to have until the All-Star break to get his numbers before the Yankees weigh moving on.
Posada is out of the lineup against another left-hander Wednesday, making this four of five games on the bench. He’s 0-for-24 against left-handers this season.
The Yankees made the call to sit Posada tonight even though he went 2-for-3 with a double in Tuesday’s victory. They’ve lost the last three games in which he’s been out of the lineup.
DHing for the Yankees tonight is Derek Jeter. Eduardo Nunez is getting the call at shortstop in his place.
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.