MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Angels have received interest in closer Bud Norris and right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Yusmeiro Petit and could trade any of the three by the non-waiver deadline on Monday. Norris’ inclusion in the group isn’t too surprising given that the Angels are expected to be sellers this season, though it’s the first time he’s been linked to any concrete trade rumors this summer. He stands to make $1.75 million in 2017 and will enter free agency in 2018.
The 32-year-old righty has bounced back after a rough campaign with the Braves and Dodgers in 2016, during which he went 6-10 with a 5.10 ERA in 35 appearances for the two clubs. The Angels converted him to a full-time bullpen role in 2017 and have seen decent results from the veteran pitcher, including 15 saves, a career-best 3.12 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and an impressive 11.4 SO/9 over 40 1/3 innings.
No serious suitor has emerged for the closer’s services just yet, however, and Feinsand adds that there have only been preliminary talks concerning the Angels’ relievers. One possible landing spot could be the Red Sox, though SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo says they’re likely to pursue David Hernandez after previously expressing strong interest in the right-hander.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.