Tyler Colvin elects free agency

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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.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.