Last week the Yankees designated first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones for assignment and the 34-year-old veteran chose free agency, but now in the wake of Dustin Ackley’s back injury they’ve re-signed him.
Jack Curry of YES Network reports that Jones will rejoin the Yankees’ active roster, likely in the same part-time role he held prior to being let go. He hit just .215 with five homers and a .618 OPS in 57 games while making $5 million.
Ackley is expected to be out until at least September, putting on hold his Yankees career after just two games. He was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have claimed outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava off waivers from the Red Sox after he was designated for assignment last week.
Nava played a big role for the Red Sox during their 2013 championship season, but he’s struggled to produce since then while getting less and less playing time in Boston.
Nava lacks power, but he has a lifetime .357 on-base percentage and if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching the 32-year-old can still be a useful role player.
Unable to find a taker for him via trade, the Rangers have released veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez started 15 total games for Texas and pitched very well early on, but dating back to mid-June he allowed 24 runs in 22 innings while opponents hit .402 off him.
At age 36 this could be the end of the road for Rodriguez, but it’s possible he could latch on with another team in need of rotation help. He’s logged 1,557 career innings with a 4.10 ERA in 11 seasons as a big leaguer.