MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported on a handful of players the Orioles signed to minor league contracts on Thursday. One of them is pitcher Tomo Ohka, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2009 with the Indians.
Ohka, 40, reinvented himself as a knuckleballer in 2013. He hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014 when he was with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent league. He did play semi-pro ball in 2015 with the Toyama Thunderbirds and the Fukushima Hope.
Over parts of 10 seasons in the majors, Ohka made 178 starts and 24 relief appearances, compiling a 4.26 ERA.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.