Jack Wilson is coming off back-to-back terrible years, but that hasn’t expressed multiple teams from expressing interest.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets, Dodgers and Braves are among the “half-dozen teams” who have checked in on the veteran infielder.
Wilson, who turns 34 next month, batted .249/.283/.295 with zero homers, 11 RBI and a .559 OPS over 232 plate appearances this season between the Mariners and Braves.
Wilson is highly-regarded defensively and made appearances at shortstop, second base and third base this season, but we’re also talking about a career .266/.307/.368 hitter who has missed large chunks of time over the past few seasons due to injury. And his durability doesn’t figure to get any better as he gets up there in age. He’s likely at the point where he is viewed strictly as a backup and late-inning defensive replacement by most MLB general managers.
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.