Here’s how far Brandon Wood has fallen since his days as a top prospect: Today he was traded from the Royals’ Triple-A team to the Orioles’ Triple-A team for cash considerations. So at age 28 he’s officially “organizational depth” teams are willing to swap around just to fill out their Triple-A roster.
Once upon a time Wood used to destroy minor-league pitching and then struggle mightily in the majors, but lately he hasn’t even done that.
Wood, who was a first-round pick in 2003 and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects three times–including twice in the top 10–has hit just .186 in 272 games as a big leaguer.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.