Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot.
And he might have actually found a suitor.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking a flier” on Young.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t connected yet with Young or his agent, but a meeting could take place before the baseball world departs Dallas, Texas.
In his last big league season (2008), Young posted a respectable .280/.394/.400 batting line in 180 plate appearances for the Nationals. The year before (’07), he hit .320/.378/.491 in 508 plate appearances. Maybe there’s something left, and perhaps he could serve as a reserve outfielder with his newly-trimmed physique.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.
Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.
The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).