The Athletics have activated starter Sonny Gray from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Monday. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to create roster space.
Gray, 27, began the season on the disabled list due to a lat strain. He’ll make his season debut on Tuesday against the Twins.
Gray had a miserable 2016 campaign, finishing with a 5.69 ERA and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. His 2017 season hasn’t started off well, either, but he’s hoping to erase that over the next five months.
Last summer, Gray’s name came up frequently in trade rumors and if he’s able to pitch well into July, that figures to be the case again this year. He still has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining and is only earning $3.575 million in 2017, which will make him an attractive trade option for teams in need of pitching but constrained by a budget.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.