Carlos Carrasco was bumped to the Indians’ bullpen earlier this season, but Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he’s getting another shot in the starting rotation this Sunday against the Yankees.
Carrasco, 27, struggled to the tune of a 6.95 ERA over four starts before being yanked from the rotation in late April. He has found a home in the bullpen since, posting a 2.30 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 innings, but the Indians have an opening for a starter with Justin Masterson in St. Louis, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister in the minors, and Josh Tomlin in the bullpen.
Carrasco has an ugly 5.66 ERA over his first 44 starts in the majors, so perhaps the bullpen is where he belongs, but it’s easy to understand why the Indians haven’t abandoned the idea of using him as a starter. The 27-year-old right-hander certainly has the arsenal, with a mid-90s fastball to go along with a curveball, slider, and changeup.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Ryan Moseley.
Nuno, 29, went to the Dodgers from the Mariners in the Carlos Ruiz trade this past November. He and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season. The left-hander finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.53 ERA and a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings spanning one start and 54 relief appearances.
Nuno will provide the Orioles starting pitching depth and could serve as a valuable left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Moseley, 22, played his first season of professional baseball in the New York Penn League last year. In 12 relief appearances, he put up a 3.20 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings. The Orioles selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson and second baseman Neil Walker‘s agent have been in contact about a contract extension as recently as Saturday. The extension is reportedly three years, including the 2017 season, and “north of $40 million,” according to Ackert’s source.
Walker, 31, accepted the Mets’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. He’s coming off one of the better seasons of his eight-year career, finishing with a .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line along with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. Walker’s season ended in late August as he underwent a lumbar microdisectomy.