After passing through waivers and being outrighted off the Rockies’ 40-man roster last month, Tyler Colvin is now free to sign with any team. According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the 28-year-old has elected free agency.
Colvin was a first-round pick of the Cubs back in 2006 and hit .290 with 18 homers and an .858 OPS in 136 games for the Rockies last season, but he batted just .160/.192/.280 with three homers and 27 strikeouts in 27 games at the major league level this year. And while he hit .275 with nine homers and an .857 OPS in 67 games at the Triple-A level, those numbers must be taken with a grain of salt due to the hitter-friendly environment.
Colvin owns a 26.3 percent strikeout rate in the majors and hasn’t solved left-handing pitching, but he has real pop in his bat and his poor 2013 can be blamed in part on a back injury which sidelined him for a long stretch during the second half. He figures to generate plenty of interest as a buy-low type.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.