Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that A’s outfielder Josh Reddick underwent arthroscopic surgery — as scheduled — Wednesday afternoon on his sprained right wrist. The procedure went according to plan and Reddick is expected to be fully recovered from it by the start of spring training next February in Arizona.
Reddick hit just .226/.307/.379 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 441 plate appearances this season while fighting lingering wrist discomfort. He batted .242/.305/.463 with 32 homers and 85 RBI in 2012.
The 26-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and stands to secure a nice raise from the $510,000 salary that he made in 2013.
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.