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.
There’s been lots of speculation that the White Sox will trade Dayan Viciedo, but in the meantime they avoided arbitration with the corner outfielder by signing a one-year, $4.4 million deal.
Viciedo has failed to develop any semblance of plate discipline offensively and his defense has always been bad, so hitting .254 with a .424 slugging percentage simply isn’t enough to make him a quality regular. On the other hand he’s still just 26 years old and does have 25-homer power.
Chicago has Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia in the outfield corners with Jose Abreu at first base and Adam LaRoche at designated hitter, so unless the White Sox plan to pay $4.4 million for a part-timer Viciedo is destined to be elsewhere eventually.