Patrick Saunders wrote a column in the Denver Post about new Rockies manager Walt Weiss. A word cloud from the piece, some from Saunders, some from other players or managers, some from Weiss himself:
- “caked with infield dirt”
- “cheeks streaked with a mixture of sweat and eye black”
- “a blue-collar player, blue-collar all the way”
- “ultimate professional”
- “down-and-dirty player”
- “an intense competitor”
- “intense competitor”
- “a grinder guy”
Just in case you weren’t clear on how the story lines in Colorado were going to be framed next season.
I would love it, though, if one day I saw a player referred to as “kind of a white collar guy” who “keeps his jersey clean” and is “a moderate competitor.”
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.