After testing the open market as a free agent Sergio Romo has re-signed with the Giants for two years and $15 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Romo lost the closer job this year and his overall numbers slipped, but he finished the season by allowing just two runs in his final 23 appearances along with a 23/3 K/BB ratio.
At age 31 his durability is a big question mark, but he’s been one of the best relievers in baseball for basically his entire career and the Giants obviously know what they have in Romo after seven seasons together.
Several sources, including Joel Sherman of the New York Post, report that the Rays plan to go after Nationals outfield prospect Steven Souza if they end up trading Wil Myers to the Padres.
Souza was MVP of the International League this year, but the Nationals’ outfield is set with Jayson Werth, Denard Span, and Bryce Harper and he’s almost 26 years old.
Souza hit .350 with 18 homers, 26 steals, and a 1.022 OPS in 96 games at Triple-A and also topped a .900 OPS in 2012 and 2013.
UPDATE: Now it’s a done deal. Seattle gets Ruggiano from Chicago in exchange for minor leaguer Matt Brazis, a former 28th-round draft pick with good numbers as a reliever.
Not exactly one of the big right-handed power hitters being linked to the Mariners of late in various rumors, but Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says they’ve “had conversations” with the Cubs about acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano.
Ruggiano is stretched as an everyday player because he often struggles against right-handed pitching, but from 2012-2014 he hit .288 with 18 homers and a .926 OPS in 341 plate appearances versus lefties.
He’s also under team control through 2016 and projected to make around $2.5 million in 2015 via arbitration.
There have been several reports of teams asking the Red Sox about Allen Craig’s availability, but according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com “there’s nothing brewing with him right now.”
That could change in a hurry, of course, and Crasnick does say that the Red Sox “have received lots of calls” on Craig from interested teams.
However, the whole idea in acquiring Craig from the Cardinals in the John Lackey deal was to buy low on a struggling former impact hitter, so trading him now would be selling low. And perhaps even lower, since Craig hit .128 in 29 games for Boston following the trade.
Craig is owed $26.5 million for the next three seasons, but hasn’t been the same since breaking his foot in late 2013. Prior to that injury he hit .312 with an .863 OPS in 328 games for St. Louis from 2011-2013, but this year he was one of the worst hitters in baseball.
One-time top prospect Daric Barton has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays.
Barton was acquired from the Cardinals in the Mark Mulder trade and looked like a long-term building block in Oakland when he led the league with 110 walks and got on base at a .393 clip in 2010 as a 24-year-old.
However, he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games since then and wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A this year. Barton is still only 28 years old, but he’s organizational depth until proven otherwise at this point.