Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Giants have signed Mark Teahen to a minor league deal. Unlike many minor league deals signed by veterans at this time of the year, Teahen’s does not include an invitation to big league camp at spring training.
Teahen, 32, hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011 with the White Sox and Blue Jays. He finished with a .573 OPS in 177 plate appearances. He spent 2012 with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, but wasn’t able to noticeably improve his numbers. Last season, he played with Triple-A Reno (Diamondbacks) and Round Rock (Rangers), as well as the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. Again, his numbers weren’t much to write home about.
In the past, Teahen has shown potential and can play a wide range of positions, so he could still end up being useful for the Giants and the signing has virtually no downside.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.