Kevin Slowey, who pitched seven seasons in the majors for the Twins and Marlins, has retired from playing at age 31 and taken a job with the MLB Players Association as a special assistant to director Tony Clark.
It’s a second career that makes a lot of sense for Slowey, because he was known for his intellect and teammates, coaches, and media members often mocked him for using big words and approaching the sport differently than the average jock.
He was also a pretty decent pitcher before injuries started piling up, going 43-36 with a 4.62 ERA in 662 innings while posting a 495/111 K/BB ratio thanks to exceptional control.
Another day, another injured Dodgers outfielder. This time it’s Scott Van Slyke, who’s been placed on the disabled list with a back injury.
Van Slyke has been pushed into extended action by injuries to Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, hitting .264 with two homers and a .715 OPS in 34 games. He was fantastic in a part-time role last season, hitting .297 with 11 homers and a .910 OPS in 246 plate appearances.
Chris Heisey replaced Van Slyke on the roster and will compete with Alex Guerrero for playing time alongside Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier in the banged-up outfield.
No teams were interested in trading for Grady Sizemore or even claiming his remaining contract off waivers, so the Phillies released the veteran outfielder after designating him for assignment.
Sizemore signed with the Phillies in the middle of last season after being released by the Red Sox and then re-signed for this year at $2 million, but he hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 total games for Philadelphia.
Once among the best all-around players in baseball, Sizemore’s career was wrecked by injuries and he hasn’t posted an OPS above .750 since 2009. It’s sad that he’s now healthy enough to play regularly but no longer good enough to really help a team much doing so despite being only 32 years old.