It sounds like the Rockies won’t have any trouble finding a taker for Huston Street this offseason.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Marlins, Reds and Mets are all interested in the veteran right-hander.
Street, 28, posted a 3.58 ERA, 29 saves and a 55/9 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings this season, but he’s expendable now that the Rockies are confident Rafael Betancourt can be an effective closer in 2012.
There’s no shortage of closer-types available this winter, even after the Jonathan Papelbon and Joe Nathan signings, but Street would be a solid alternative for teams who are reluctant to hand out a multi-year contract. He is owed $7.5 million next season while his $9 million option for 2013 includes a $500,000 buyout.
The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.
Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.
Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.
MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.
The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.
Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.