Not only aren’t the Angels counting on right-hander Garrett Richards to be recovered enough from knee surgery for Opening Day, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that they expect him to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season.
Richards tore the patellar tendon in his left knee while covering first base in August, ending his season. At the time there was some optimism that he’d be ready to go for the beginning of the season, yet despite no reported setbacks in his recovery process the Angels are now being a lot more cautious.
Before the injury Richards was having a breakout season at age 26, throwing 169 innings with a 2.61 ERA and 164/51 K/BB ratio.
Pat Neshek agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million contract with Houston this morning, but the side-arming reliever admitted to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he “was probably seconds away from signing with Pittsburgh.”
According to Neshek he told his agent to accept the Pirates’ offer, but before they got off the phone the Astros called and upped their bid when they found out.
Neshek had two-year offers from a total of eight different teams following a remarkable comeback season in which he threw 67 innings with a 1.87 ERA and 68/9 K/BB ratio for the Cardinals while making his first All-Star team at age 33.
Jimmy Rollins has the ability to veto any trade, so there have been plenty of stories about the Phillies shortstop not being willing to accept potential moves to other teams.
However, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com Rollins would accept a trade to the Dodgers … if the Dodgers are interested.
Los Angeles lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez to free agency and could be looking for a short-term stop gap to keep the position warm until top prospect Corey Seager is ready. Rollins would fit that bill at age 36 and with one season (and $11 million) remaining on his contract.
Of course, Heyman says “the Phillies seeek a big-time prospect in return” for Rollins and … well, that ain’t happening.
Now that most of the big free agent relievers are off the market Sergio Romo should emerge as a popular target.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the 31-year-old right-hander “has been in talks with” his old team, the Giants, as well as the Tigers.
Romo’s lack of durability and reliance on a slider makes him a riskier-than-usual reliever and his ERA has risen from 1.79 in 2012 to 2.54 in 2013 to 3.72 in 2014.
However, he posted a strong 59/12 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this year and finished the season by allowing just two runs in his final 23 appearances along with a 23/3 K/BB ratio.