As soon as the Dodgers acquired Carlos Marmol from the Cubs earlier this week they placed him on waivers and predictably no other team wanted anything to do with the $5 million or remaining on his contract.
Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed and was outrighted off the 40-man roster, accepting an assignment to Triple-A.
By swapping Matt Guerrier for Marmol the Dodgers picked up about $200,000 in international signing bonus money, so regardless of whether Marmol ever joins Los Angeles’ bullpen they got some value out of the deal. And if he can put together a good stretch in the minors Marmol certainly still has enough upside to think he can contribute in the second half as a middle reliever.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.