After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery.
This is another tough blow for Guerra, who has largely been a disappointment since coming over from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade. The Twins originally hoped to develop him as a starter, but he was moved to the bullpen in 2011 and posted a 4.11 ERA and 71/22 K/BB ratio over 70 innings last season between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. While his name has been bandied about in prospect circles for a long time, he doesn’t turn 24 until April.
For what it’s worth, Mets right-hander Dillon Gee had season-ending surgery last July to address a blood clot in his shoulder. However, he hasn’t had any issues this spring and is expected to begin the season in the starting rotation.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.