Ken Rosenthal reports thatAdam Dunn is considering retirement. He calls this season “a big letdown” and does not have any compunction about walking away from the money guaranteed on his deal — $15 million for 2014 — and doesn’t matter if he falls short of 500 homers, which is two seasons or so away for him.
I’d chalk this up to frustration. And his comments later in the article suggest that after he washes off the stink of this year he’ll be back come spring. But it’s definitely been a downer of a year. If you forget about his inexplicably nightmarish 2011 season for a moment, 2013 is his worst season as a major leaguer and it doesn’t help that the Sox are out of contention.
He still has the homers — 30 so far this year — but he’s now had three straight years in which his OBP is below career norms. He’s still useful, even if overpaid, but he’s several years removed from being truly valuable.
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.