Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers.
Gorzelanny began his career as a starter, but shifted (mostly) to the bullpen in 2012 and has a 2.88 ERA in 172 career innings as a reliever.
Gorzelanny missed the first two-and-a-half months of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, but was great upon returning to the Brewers in mid-June with a 0.86 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.
He’s proven to be more than a left-handed specialist, so Gorzelanny could get some late-inning setup work in a Detroit bullpen that had all kinds of issues in 2014.
Last month Kevin Cash left his gig as the Indians’ bullpen coach to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays’ manager and now Cleveland has replaced him with Jason Bere.
In joining manager Terry Francona’s staff Bere is leaving the Indians’ front office, where he spent the past nine years as a special assistant.
He retired in 2003 following an 11-season career pitching for the White Sox, Cubs, Indians, Reds, and Brewers. Bere was runner-up for Rookie of the Year and then made the All-Star team at age 23, but finished with a 5.14 ERA in 1,111 total innings.
Boston has signed veteran reliever Mitchell Boggs to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Boggs was a very effective setup man for the Cardinals from 2009-2012 and even served as their closer briefly, posting a 3.33 ERA in 260 innings overall during that time. However, he was a mess for Cardinals and Rockies in 2013 and then spent all of last season pitching at Triple-A for the White Sox and Giants without much success.
Boggs is still just 31 years old, but he’ll almost surely have to put together a strong stretch at Triple-A before the Red Sox think about calling him up.
Over the weekend Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported that free agent right-hander James Shields has a five-year, $110 million offer on the table from an undisclosed team, which has led to everyone trying to figure out who that team might be.
It won’t be the Rangers, at least not according to general manager Jon Daniels, who told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com signing Shields “is not in the cards” and “we’re not in the mix.”
Daniels has said repeatedly that he’d like to sign another veteran starting pitcher, but revealed that the Rangers have “not really” touched base with Shields and his agent since the winter meetings.
Looking for a veteran starter to soak up some innings in a rebuilding season the Phillies have signed right-hander Aaron Harang, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Harang had an ugly 2013 season, but bounced back nicely at age 36 to throw 204 innings with a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio for the Braves. He also had a sub-4.00 ERA in 2011 and 2012, so Harang is a decent pickup for a team more or less just looking for 175-200 not-horrible innings at a low price tag.
Salisbury reports that the one-year deal is worth $5 million.