Mike Cameron does not have some official standing to speak on behalf of Marlins fans or anything. But he did end his career in a Marlins uniform, and was able, for a little while, to see the workings of that place. Based on this interview he gave to Maureen Mullen of CSNNewEngland.com, those workings are pretty ugly.
He goes on about how no free agent who has a choice of teams will ever play for the Marlins given the lack of stability there, and says this about the overall situation:
“It just kind of pissed me off the way they’re doing things and baseball is kind of allowing it. That’s ridiculous. Basically, they lied to the people, they lied to everybody. You get a new stadium and then this happens? That’s not good for baseball.”
I think those are the two salient points here: (1) the lying to people about the team’s direction against the backdrop of the stadium deal and their claim that a ballpark would make it all better; and (2) baseball doing absolutely nothing about it.
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.