Angels reliever Ryan Madson may join the team soon as he gets ready to make a rehab start with Single-A Inland Empire tomorrow. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports Madson hit 94 MPH with his fastball during an extended spring training game yesterday and may only need to make one rehab start before rejoining his team.
Madson hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Majors since September 28, 2011 with the Phillies. He signed with the Reds for the 2012 season on a one-year, $8.5 million deal but had to have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missed the entire regular season. The Angels picked him up during the off-season on a one-year, $3.5 million deal hoping for better luck. When he was healthy, he was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball, but he is now 32 years old.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they’ve acquired minor league catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya.
Murphy has played in 141 major league games across four seasons, three with the Yankees, one with Minnesota. He has spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A, hitting .222/.298/.330 with four home runs and 27 RBI over 59 games. Which is not significantly different than what he did in the bigs. He’s 26 and will serve as organizational depth for Arizona.
Moya is a 22 year-old lefty who has been the closer for the Dbacks’ Double-A team. He’s had a fantastic 2017 season, posting a 0.82 ERA and a 68/12 K/BB ratio in 43.2 innings.
The White Sox have traded multiple relievers recently. They just traded another, sending lefty Dan Jennings to the Rays for first baseman Casey Gillaspie.
Jennings has a 3.45 ERA and a 38/19 K/BB ratio in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely serve as a setup man with Tampa Bay. He’s more than a rental, as he’s under team control for two more years.
Gillaspie, 24, is hitting .227/.296/.357 with nine home runs in 395 plate appearances at Triple-A. He hit much better in 2016 at Triple-A, however, and made it on some top-100 prospects lists. What the White Sox’ plans for him are with Jose Abreu around, however, are unclear.