San Francisco has designated Marco Scutaro for assignment one month after general manager Brian Sabean admitted that the 39-year-old infielder’s career is in jeopardy following surgery to fuse vertebrae in his lower back.
Scutaro missed all but 13 games last season and the recovery timetable for his surgery is expected to be 4-6 months. He’s owed $6 million in 2015 as part of a three-year, $20 million contract signed in the wake of his winning MVP of the NLCS for the Giants in 2012.
It’s all but guaranteed that no other team will claim Scutaro and his contract off waivers, which would enable the Giants to potentially retain him without taking up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Houston designated Carlos Corporan for assignment Tuesday and now the Astros have traded the veteran catcher to the Rangers.
Corporan is a capable backup, but became expendable when the Astros acquired Hank Conger from the Angels to join incumbent Jason Castro on the catching depth chart. And they also have Evan Gattis around as an emergency catching option.
Corporan, who’s hit .226 with a .637 OPS in 659 plate appearances as a big leaguer through age 31, joins Robinson Chirinos as the Rangers’ in-house catching options.
Johan Santana’s body will apparently not allow a comeback to happen. Or at least not without a bunch of setbacks first.
Finally healthy again after tearing his Achilles’ tendon last spring while coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries, Santana has been pitching in the Venezuelan winter league. But now he’s been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs with shoulder soreness.
According to a report out of Venezuela he underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural damage, but Santana has struggled to recover from game action and everyone involved decided to shut him down.
Santana had two Cy Young awards and three ERA titles through age 29, when he led the league in ERA (2.53) and innings (234) for the Mets in 2008. Since then he’s been injured more often than not, including last pitching in the majors in 2012 and missing the entirety of three of the past four seasons.
What a shame.
Looking to add some left-handed pitching depth, the Red Sox have signed Dana Eveland to a minor-league contract. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that he’ll get an invitation to spring training.
Eveland was once a solid starter prospect in the Brewers’ farm system, but never lived up to the hype and has bounced around in recent years as a reliever.
Last season for the Mets he threw 27 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 27/6 K/BB ratio and at age 31 he could slot into a middle relief role for the Red Sox.
In signing Max Scherzer for $210 million the Nationals created a rotation logjam. There’s been speculation about trading a big-name starter, but if that doesn’t happen fifth-starter Tanner Roark could be the odd man out.
Roark was fantastic in 2014, throwing 199 innings with a 2.85 ERA to give him a 2.57 ERA in 252 career innings as a big leaguer.
Obviously someone who performs that well warrants a full-time rotation spot and on most teams Roark would be at or near the top of the rotation, but the 27-year-old right-hander said all the right things about Scherzer’s arrival when asked by James Wagner of the Washington Post:
I’d think I’d be the odd man out unfortunately. It is what it is. I’m glad to be on the team and helping out the team as best as I can. If I get moved to the bullpen, I’ve done it before and I know I can do it. I have confidence in my stuff and my ability. We’re playing each year to win a World Series. If I have to get moved to the bullpen for us to win a World Series, I’m fine with that. If that’s what it comes down to, so be it.
There’s already been enough smoke surrounding a potential Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg trade to make me think that’s a very real possibility, but in the meantime Roark deserves some credit for taking things in stride and focusing on the team.