1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting via Twitter that a source close to Phil Hughes laughs at the notion that the Yankee would take a two-year deal. The Twins were reportedly interested in Hughes but Wolfson says he doesn’t see Hughes taking the team’s two-year offer if they do offer.
Hughes was once a top prospect in the Yankees’ Minor League system, but his results have been lacking over his seven-year career. He now owns a career 4.54 ERA in 780.2 innings, including the 5.19 ERA over 145.2 innings he posted in 2013.
While the notion of Hughes seeking at least a three-year deal seems absurd at first glance, remember that the market for starters was helped by the four-year deal Jason Vargas (career 4.30 ERA) received from the Royals last week. Hughes is also still 27 years old and still has the potential to turn his career around.
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.