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.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: