Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Marlins, Braves, and Giants have all expressed interest in free agent starter Jake Peavy, though Rosenthal adds that Miami will only become a realistic option for Peavy if Dan Haren retires.
Peavy did well to resurrect his dwindling free agent value in the second half of the 2014 season, posting a 2.17 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 78 2/3 innings for the Giants after a July 26 trade from the Red Sox. He had a rough 4.72 ERA in 124 innings with Boston.
The 33-year-old right-hander should be able to find a two-year deal.
Edinson Volquez just signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Royals.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.