Matthew noted earlier that the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore’s $9 million option for 2012, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead.
Fausto Carmona will meet a different fate.
According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland front office is planning to exercise the right-hander’s $7 million club option for next season when contract option decisions are due on Monday.
Carmona posted a rough 5.25 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 32 starts this year, striking out only 109 batters and issuing 60 walks across 188 2/3 innings. But $7 million isn’t a bad rate for a starting pitcher these days, especially one who would seem to have enough talent to mount a bounceback campaign in 2012. He’ll likely serve as the Tribe’s No. 3 starter next season.
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.