Gavin Floyd will attempt another comeback, this time in Cleveland after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indians.
Floyd’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery lasted just nine starts this year when he suffered a fractured elbow and missed the remainder of the season.
He resumed throwing last month and is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, in which case Floyd could potentially be a cheap rotation option for the Indians. He looked good before being shut down, posting a 2.65 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 54 innings for Atlanta.
UPDATE: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports it’s a $4 million deal with another $6 million in potential incentives
Brian Wilson is owed $9.5 million for 2015 thanks to a poor contract handed out by the Dodgers’ previous front office regime and the new guys just showed they don’t really care, designating the veteran reliever for assignment.
Wilson turned 14 good innings for the Dodgers in 2013 into a two-year, $20 million commitment and then struggled this past season, throwing 48 innings with a 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio amid various arm problems.
It’s highly unlikely that any team will claim Wilson and his contract off waivers, but presumably the Dodgers will simply release the 33-year-old former All-Star closer no matter what.
In an outfielder-for-reliever swap, the Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.
Tampa Bay was said to be shopping Joyce a month ago because he’s due for a raise to around $5 million via arbitration and will be a free agent next winter. His production slipped a bit recently after some very strong years, but the 30-year-old Joyce is a solid corner outfield bat with a .783 career OPS and will be an especially good fit if the Angels shield him from most left-handed pitching.
Jepsen is projected to make about $2.5 million via arbitration following a season in which he threw 65 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio. In the past his control has been shaky at times, but Jepsen has the raw stuff and bat-missing ability to be a late-inning relief option for the Rays and is under team control through 2016.
Non-tendered by the Cardinals two weeks ago, Daniel Descalso has agreed to a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Rockies.
Descalso was a semi-regular in St. Louis for the past four seasons, logging an average of 340 plate appearances per year. He hit .242 with a .654 OPS during that time, which is definitely utility man-caliber offense.
He figures to fill in all over the infield for Colorado and the 28-year-old could be pressed into extended duty if the Rockies decide to make a major trade.
As of last month Chris Capuano was talking about possibly going to Japan to continue his career, but now he’s re-signing with the Yankees.
Jack Curry of YES Network reports that it’s a one-year, $5 million for the 36-year-old left-hander, who posted a 4.35 ERA and 84/34 K/BB ratio in 97 innings for the Yankees and Red Sox in 2014.
Capuano can start or relieve, giving the Yankees some flexibility, and while his upside is obviously limited at this point he’s generally been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter.