Unsigned free agent reliever Rafael Soriano recently fired agent Scott Boras and now he’s invited teams to attend a throwing session in the Dominican Republic on June 11, according to Shi Davidi of Toronto Sportsnet.
For months reports had Soriano (and Boras) holding out for a big contract, but at this point presumably the 35-year-old right-hander has realized that isn’t going to happen and he simply wants to find a job for the second half.
Soriano has a lengthy track record of late-inning success, including good overall numbers last season, but he was a mess in the second half while losing the Nationals’ closer job and clearly teams no longer viewed him as an elite reliever worth investing big on.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco exited Sunday’s game in the second inning with an ankle injury and the Twins have placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Tommy Milone from Triple-A to replace him in the rotation.
This is the second DL stint of the season for Nolasco, who has been terrible, hurt, or terrible and hurt since signing a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota as a free agent last offseason. He has a 5.40 ERA in 34 total starts with the Twins, although he was pitching much better recently.
Milone was demoted to Triple-A last month because the Twins had a rotation logjam and he responded by dominating International League hitters with a 0.70 ERA and 47/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. Those numbers are absurd, but Milone has sliced up Triple-A hitters before and the combination of his mid-80s fastball and lengthy track record of mediocrity in the majors creates plenty of skepticism that he’s more than a decent fourth or fifth starter.
All-Star game managers Ned Yost of the Royals and Bruce Bochy of the Giants have chosen their coaching staffs for the 86th game in Cincinnati next month.
Yost picked Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, while Bochy chose Reds manager Bryan Price and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Hinch and Mattingly are managing first-place teams while McClendon and Price are managing sub-.500 teams, but All-Star coaching staffs are more about who the managers want to experience the game alongside rather than any sort of merit-based selections.