Journeyman outfielder Carlos Peguero has signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to spring training.
Peguero spent part of last season with the Royals, but was primarily at Triple-A hitting .266 with 30 homers and a .912 OPS in 104 games.
His power has always been impressive, but Peguero strikes out a lot, struggles to control the strike zone, and has hit just .196 in 69 games as a big leaguer through age 27.
He’ll compete for a bench gig in Texas.
Wandy Rodriguez was reportedly set to sign a minor-league deal with the Phillies two weeks ago, but the contract was voided when the 36-year-old left-hander failed a physical exam.
And now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Rodriguez has signed a minor-league deal with the Braves.
Rodriguez was limited to just six starts last season due to knee and forearm injuries and also made just 12 starts in 2013. Prior to that he was a solid mid-rotation starter, posting a sub-4.00 ERA every season from 2008-2012.
He’ll compete for the fifth spot in Atlanta’s rotation and according to O’Brien the deal will be worth $2 million if he makes the team, which has apparently has lower standards for pitcher health than Philadelphia.
Scott Baker’s agent told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that the veteran right-hander has interest from at least five teams, but so far they’re only offering minor-league contracts and Baker is holding out for a big-league deal.
Baker was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, but missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to regain his old form. Last season he threw 81 innings for the Rangers split between the rotation and bullpen, posting a 5.47 ERA and 55/14 K/BB ratio.
Oh, and an interesting little note: Baker’s agent is longtime big leaguer Bobby Witt, who won 142 games as a hard-throwing, control-challenged starter from 1986-2001.
Veteran first baseman/corner outfielder Mike Carp has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training.
Carp hit very well for the Red Sox as a part-timer in 2013, batting .296 with an .885 OPS in 86 games, but last season he hit just .175 in 59 games for the Red Sox and Rangers.
He’s a career .254 hitter with a .744 OPS through age 28, which is slightly above-average production overall, and if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching the left-handed-hitting Carp could be especially useful. He’ll compete for a bench gig in Washington.