The Dodgers announced that they have placed starter Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Beckett is also dealing with a groin strain. The vacant roster spot allows the Dodgers to activate starter Roberto Hernandez, acquired from the Phillies yesterday, to make tonight’s start against the Brewers.
Beckett, who authored a no-hitter against the Phillies earlier this season, has struggled since the start of July. Over his last five starts, spanning only 22 innings, Beckett posted a 6.55 ERA with a 19/11 K/BB ratio. His results on the season overall are still pretty good, though, as he sports a 2.88 ERA over 115 2/3 innings.
Update: MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick says Beckett might retire as a result of his injuries.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe the veteran infielder a $2.5 million buyout.
Napoli, 36, had a strange year in Texas. He turned in 29 home runs, good for 11th-most among AL hitters, but finished the year batting just .193/.285/.428 over 485 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, his -0.5 fWAR was the worst mark of his career to date, but on the bright side, he should come cheap for a team looking to swap out their veterans come spring.
Of course, the specifics of the Rays’ offseason plan have yet to be divulged — or, by all accounts from Topkin, even decided on. The club could go the refurbishment route, changing out some of their higher-paid veterans for a mix of prospects and cheaper aging players; or they could opt for a full rebuild, which Topkin cautions against as it could have a negative effect on the financing of a new ballpark. Either way, the Rays figure to offload some of their bigger contracts this winter, and will need to decide if they want to retain Alex Colome, Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Evan Longoria and others before pursuing any other major free agents.