Logan Watkins, who had stints with the Cubs in each of the past two seasons, announced via Twitter that he suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon while working out in Arizona.
Watkins was the Cubs’ minor league player of the year in 2012, but hasn’t been very productive at Triple-A for the past two seasons. He got into 27 games for the Cubs in 2013 and another 31 games for them last year, hitting a combined .233 with one homer and a .569 OPS while playing mostly second base.
He would have competed for a bench spot during spring training, but now figures to miss the entire season.
Two months after claiming him off waivers from the Twins the Blue Jays have designated first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello for assignment, dropping him from the 40-man roster.
Colabello signed with the Twins after winning an independent league MVP in 2011 and played well in the minors, but hit just .214 in 114 games as a big leaguer.
He got off to a great start last season, but then went into a prolonged slump and later revealed that he’d played almost the entire season with a thumb injury. If healthy Colabello has enough pop to be a productive part-timer.
Looking for some veteran outfield depth, the Rangers have signed former All-Star Ryan Ludwick to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Ludwick will get $1.75 million if he makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
Ludwick had a big 2012 season with the Reds, hitting .275 with 26 homers, but posted a sub-.700 OPS in each of the past two years while playing a total of 150 games. At age 36 he’d probably be best suited for a part-time role facing mostly left-handed pitchers.
After designating him for assignment last week and failing to find a trade partner the White Sox have released outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
Lots of people were surprised when the White Sox tendered him a 2015 contract and then avoided arbitration with Viciedo for $4.4 million because there seemingly wasn’t much of a fit for him following a very disappointing 2014 campaign.
When they designated him for assignment last week the assumption was that general manager Rick Hahn was confident about finding a trade, but instead in releasing Viciedo the team will eat $733,000–one-sixth of his non-guaranteed arbitration salary.
In the grand scheme of things $733,000 is nothing to an MLB team, but when retaining Viciedo seemed weird from the start the decision-making involved in wasting that money stands out. Viciedo figures to land a big-league gig somewhere, but it won’t be for anywhere near $4.4 million and it probably won’t be an everyday role.