Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012.
According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen.
Isringhausen struggled to attract free agent interest this winter despite registering a solid 4.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings last season with the Mets. The 39-year-old ranks third among active pitchers with 300 career saves.
UPDATE, 8:14 PM: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says Izzy can opt out of the deal after spring training if he does not make the team. The righty has no desire to pitch at the Triple-A level.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: