According to Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Yankees have released right-hander Carlos Silva.
Silva, 32, signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in early-April after being released by the Cubs during spring training. He had an impressive 2.75 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over seven minor league starts between High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that he was having shoulder problems.
Bartolo Colon returned from the disabled list today (and is looking great, by the way) and Phil Hughes isn’t far behind him, so while the Yankees would surely upgrade their starting rotation if the right pitcher is available, it doesn’t look like the glaring weakness we all thought it was a few months ago. In fact, entering play Saturday, Yankees’ starters rank sixth in the American League with a 3.73 ERA.
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.