Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Yankees have released pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as well as pitchers Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow. Eovaldi had been designated for assignment on November 20.
Eovaldi, 26, made 21 starts and three relief appearances before his season was ended in August due to a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon. The right-hander posted a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery, but given his age and skills — his fastball velocity sat at 97.1 MPH on average — there will still be some teams willing to take a chance on him and wait out his rehab.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.