Red Sox’ catcher/1B Ryan Lavarnway just got called up to the bigs the other day and figured to provide John Farrell with a nice right-handed bat off the bench and some depth at first base. Welp, forget that:
Lavarnway only got four big league games under his belt. Now, after a rehab, you figure he’ll be back in the minors. Tough break.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.