Bryce Harper isn’t the only member of the Nationals who is nearing a return. According to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said today that catcher Wilson Ramos should be playing in rehab games within the next 10 days.
Ramos was placed on the disabled list on May 16 after he aggravated a left hamstring strain. The 25-year-old backstop had a minor setback while running earlier this month, but Kolko reports that a recent MRI came back clean. The Nationals figure to be extra cautious given that this was his second stint on DL this season, but he should be back around the All-Star break if all goes well.
Ramos showed a lot of promise when he hit .267/.334/.445 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 113 games as a rookie in 2011, but a knee injury limited him to 25 games last season and he has only appeared in 11 games this year.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.
He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.