Ian Snell comes out of retirement, signs with Dodgers


Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play.   The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in eight starts and four relief appearances for the Mariners last season.

Utilizing a 91-95 mph fastball and a plus slider, Snell went 14-11 with a 4.74 ERA for the Pirates in 2006 and 9-12 with a 3.76 ERA in 2007, striking out 346 batters between the two season. 

Unfortunately, his command regressed from there, he lost a little bit off his fastball and he never did come up with a quality third pitch.  In 191 1/3 innings during 2009 and 2010, he had just about as many walks (108) as strikeouts (115).

The Dodgers could use some starting pitching depth, so they’ll stash him away in Triple-A and see what happens.  Odds are that not much will come of it.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.