Pitcher Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ogando, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA and 29/23 K/BB ratio over 32 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season.
Ogando began his career with a bang, posting a 139 ERA+ with the Rangers between 2010-13. But he suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow in June of 2014, ending his season. He hasn’t been the same since, working in Boston and Atlanta quite unevenly.
Here’s hoping that Ogando can get his once promising career back on track in the KBO or, at the very least, make a little bank in the meantime.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.