With the Rockies in third place at 46-50 and Michael Cuddyer having a career-year at age 34 he’d seemingly be a prime trade candidate, but team owner Dick Monfort said there’s “not a chance” the outfielder will be moved.
“Right-handed corner bats are pretty important,” Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “And put into the mix that he has major-league at bats, and he plays first base, too. So no, we won’t trade him.”
Cuddyer is signed for next season at $10.5 million, but his current .960 OPS is 100 points higher than the next-best mark of his 13-year career and 150 points higher than what he did last season in his first year with the Rockies.
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.