Randy Wolf will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week, with Dr. Lewis Yocum doing the honors in Los Angeles.
That means the left-hander will miss all of 2013 and at age 36 it could mean the end of his career, but Wolf told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he plans to make a comeback and pitch in 2014.
Wolf experienced pain in his elbow during a September 22 start and was shut down after making just five appearances for the Orioles. He signed with Baltimore in late August after being released by Milwaukee and just finished a three-year, $30 million contract.
Yocum performed Tommy John surgery on a 28-year-old Wolf in 2005 and his elbow held up for nearly 1,200 innings after that, which is pretty damn good and allowed him to earn more than $75 million during a 14-year career.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.
Update (5:20 PM EST): It’s a minor league contract, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If he makes the major league roster, Saltalamacchia will earn $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available through incentives.
The Blue Jays are close to a deal with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting.
Saltalamacchia, 31, hit a meager .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 292 plate appearances with the Tigers this past season. With Russell Martin getting regular playing time behind the plate, Saltalamacchia will serve as his understudy, pushing A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol down on the depth chart.
The veteran catcher isn’t far removed from being a productive backstop. He had an .805 OPS in 70 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and also helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with an .804 OPS in 121 games.