The Red Sox added another lefty to their bullpen tonight, completing a trade with the White Sox for reliever Matt Thornton. The Red Sox have moved Andrew Miller to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the roster, according to Alex Speier. Per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the White Sox have received outfield prospect Brandon Jacobs in return.
Thornton, now 36 years old, had been with the White Sox since March 20, 2006, when the team acquired him from the Mariners for Joe Borchard. Over his eight years with the White Sox, Thornton posted a 3.28 ERA and struck out 25 percent of batters he faced. He has a $6 million club option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.
Jacobs was drafted by the Red Sox in the 10th round of the 2009 draft. At the age of 22, he was promoted to Double-A Portland for the first time this season for one game. He went 2-for-3, then was sent back to A-ball. He was promoted again two days ago. Overall, in 335 plate appearances with Single-A Salem, he posted a .774 OPS.
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.
Free agent right-hander Jeff Manship has reportedly signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The righty was non-tendered by the Indians in December.
Manship, 32, completed his second season with Cleveland in 2016. He delivered a 3.12 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 rate over 43 1/3 innings, a slight decline after posting an 0.92 ERA with the club the year before. During eight years in the major leagues, Manship carries a 4.82 career ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 6.4 SO/9 in multiple stints with the Twins, Rockies, Phillies and Indians.
The right-hander will be joined by fellow MLB transplants Eric Hacker and Xavier Scruggs, each of whom took one-year deals with the Dinos last month. Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that each KBO team is allowed up to three foreign players, so Manship will round out the trio when he joins the roster. Any salary terms have yet to be disclosed.