Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that. But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter.
The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an offense, because if they had any super duper hitters they’d be playing in Oakland right now given how weak the A’s are.
As each of those previous reports made increasingly clear, Scott Kazmir’s days in the Angels organization are almost over. A pitcher is limited to 30 days for a rehab stint, and Kazmir has almost reached it. He may have time for one more start, but even if it’s a three-hit shutout with 11Ks, it can’t honestly be enough to give the Angels confidence that he can contribute to the big club.
Which means Kazmir is almost certain to be DFA’d and — since no one is going to trade for him and his $14.5 million deal — subsequently released.
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.