The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed lefty reliever Henry Owens off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Owens, 25, posted a 5.19 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 44 walks in 85 innings between 2015 and 2016 for the Red Sox. Based on that he spent all of last season in the minors, compiling a 4.21 ERA between Double-A Portland (57 innings) and Triple-A Pawtucket (69 innings).
Owens was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2013-15 seasons but has had serious command issues. The Diamondbacks claimed Owens from the Sox just two weeks ago, but found a much better option for the pen in Yoshihisa Hirano, who they signed today, necessitating Owens’ waiver.
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.