Veteran right-hander Kevin Correia, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Giants last week, has signed a major-league deal with the Phillies.
He’ll join the team in Cincinnati in time for tonight’s game, so clearly it was a good decision by Correia and gets him from Triple-A back to the majors.
How long he’ll stay there is unclear, because Correia is 34 years old with a 4.59 career ERA and hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2009. Last season he had a 5.44 ERA and 79/40 K/BB ratio in 154 innings for the Twins and Dodgers and his numbers at Triple-A for the Giants this season were underwhelming.
It’s time for MLB’s weekly All-Star voting update and on the American League side the Royals continue to dominate.
Kansas City currently has the top vote-getter at seven spots:
Catcher – Salvador Perez
First base – Eric Hosmer
Third base – Mike Moustakas
Shortstop – Alcides Escobar
Outfield – Alex Gordon
Outfield – Lorenzo Cain
Designated Hitter – Kendrys Morales
Second base and the third outfield spot are the only positions where the Royals don’t have the voting leader and even then Omar Infante and Alex Rios have the next-highest vote totals.
Keeping in mind that there’s still a long way to go in the voting, here are the position-by-position totals:
Roster space was needed for Houston’s latest wave of prospect call-ups and the Astros have designated third baseman Matt Dominguez for assignment.
Dominguez was once a top prospect himself and the Astros acquired him from the Marlins in the mid-2012 deal for Carlos Lee, but he simply hasn’t hit enough in the majors to be an asset.
Dominguez has 20-homer power, but he’s a career .233 hitter with a 246/65 K/BB ratio and ghastly .275 on-base percentage in 357 games as a big leaguer. His reputation as a slick fielder hasn’t translated to defensive metrics, which consistently rate him average or worse.
He’s spent all of this season at Triple-A, hitting just .251 with four homers and a .660 OPS in 45 games. At age 25 he’s still young enough to work his way back to the majors, but the Astros had little need for Dominguez at this point.