Update: Buster Olney is chiming back in, with a source telling him it’s 50-50 that Scutaro returns to the Giants. The source indicated that St. Louis is the most likely alternative for the veteran infielder. Scutaro, of course, was the NLCS MVP when the Giants knocked the Cardinals out of the postseason in October.
That’s the word from Buster:
Three years for a 37 year-old seems a bit … optimistic. Especially considering how bad the first half of his season was last year. I mean, yes, it’s possible that he found a legit fountain of youth in San Francisco. But it’s also possible that he just got hot for a couple of months and now the Giants are going to overpay and over-commit to him as a result.
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.