Tyler Colvin is a former first-round pick and top prospect who hit .290 with 18 homers and an .858 OPS in 136 games for the Rockies last season, but he’s been so miserable this season that no teams snatched up the 28-year-old when he was designated for assignment.
That means the Rockies can keep Colvin in the minors without even using a 40-man roster spot for him, which is quite a fall. He went 12-for-75 (.160) with 27 strikeouts for the Rockies and hit .275 with an .857 OPS in 67 games at Triple-A, which looks decent until you consider that Colorado Springs is a Coors Field-like hitters haven and the team as a whole had an .800 OPS.
Colvin has struggled with a back injury that helps explain his terrible performance, but given all the replacement-level talent being added to 40-man rosters this month it’s still surprising that none of the other 29 teams deemed him worth stashing for the offseason.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.