As is the case with almost every player who makes more than the league minimum, Adrian Gonzalez was placed on waivers by the Red Sox. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have been awarded the waiver claim on Gonzalez.
Which, while interesting, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. August waivers are revocable waivers, and the Sox can pull him back. Or they can negotiate a trade with the Dodgers with the idea that, if they don’t like what the Dodgers are offering, they’ll pull him back. Or, if the Sox simply want rid of Gonzalez, they can let the Dodgers have him for nothing. Well, not nothing: the Dodgers would have to pay the $131 million+ the Sox owe him through 2018. But like I said: interesting. If for no other reason than it shows that the Dodgers are willing to take on huge money if the opportunity presents itself. And that they’re aware of just how putrid James Loney is.
Seems doubtful anything will happen though. While the Red Sox season is sunk, they do have to have someone to play first base in the near future, and they don’t have a lot of options at the ready for that. And the Dodgers don’t seem to have anything of sufficient baseball value to give up to make it worth Boston’s while. Any other team might like out of Gonzalez’s contract, but the Red Sox aren’t exactly hurting for cash.
Worth watching for the next 72 hours or so (which is how long the Sox have to pull him back), but don’t hold your breath.
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.
David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.
Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:
[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.
The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.