FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds and right-hander Logan Ondrusek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract. Terms haven’t been disclosed.
Ondrusek was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so the agreement buys out his first two years of eligibility. He remains under team control through the 2016 season.
Ondrusek, who turns 28 in February, posted a 3.46 ERA and 39/31 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings last season. With a 3.45 ERA over his first three seasons in the big leagues, he has seemingly carved out a nice niche for himself as a middle reliever, but he’s unlikely to have similar success moving forward if his walk rate continues to increase annually.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.
The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.
This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.
Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.