Jamey Carroll is a 37-year-old impending free agent who won’t qualify for draft pick compensation and the Dodgers are 65-70, so it seemed like a no-brainer for them to trade him prior to last night’s deadline.
And they tried, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, but ultimately failed to come to an agreement with the Braves or any other interested teams. Carroll sounded disappointed, noting that “everybody” wants to play meaningful games in October while also saying all the right things about playing out the string with the Dodgers.
Dilbeck reports that the Dodgers were willing to eat the remaining $500,000 or so of Carroll’s salary just to get “a reasonable lower-level prospect in return,” so it sounds like there just wasn’t much of a market for the utility man despite his defensive versatility and .357 on-base percentage. If that’s true several contenders missed out on a nice low-cost pickup.
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.