Amid rumors that the Angels are trying to dump C.J. Wilson and the remainder of his contract, general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters “we haven’t discussed C.J. Wilson at all” and “we have not picked up the phone and offered C.J. Wilson around to the league, at a reduced cost or any other.”
Of course, if another team came calling on Wilson it’s hard to imagine the Angels wouldn’t have open ears.
Wilson has two years and $38 million left on his contract and was a mess this past season, posting a 4.51 ERA in 31 starts overall and a 6.04 ERA in his final 16 outings.
However, from 2009-2013 he posted sub-4.00 ERA every year, including a 3.39 ERA in 212 innings in 2013. If it would require eating a huge portion of his remaining contract to move Wilson the Angels may feel like betting on a bounceback at age 34 is the better option.
While the Red Sox wait for Jon Lester to make a decision, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that they’ve made a multi-year contract offer to Justin Masterson.
Masterson was the Red Sox’s second-round draft pick in 2006, debuted with Boston in 2008, and was traded to the Indians in 2009 in the deal for Victor Martinez.
He’s coming off an injury wrecked, career-worst season at age 29, but Masterson tossed at least 180 innings in each of the previous four seasons and proved to be a solid mid-rotation starter despite issues against left-handed hitters.
This time two years ago Rob Brantly was a 22-year-old coming off a strong rookie showing in which he hit .290 with an .832 OPS in 31 games for the Marlins.
That earned him a bigger role and Brantly struggled, hitting .211 in 67 games before being even worse at Triple-A this past season. And now the White Sox have claimed him off waivers from the Marlins.
It’s odd to see a 24-year-old catcher with any sort of decent offensive track record lost on the waiver wire for nothing, but Brantly projects as a backup long term.
Toronto has claimed first baseman Chris Colabello off waivers from Minnesota.
Colabello signed with the Twins after being an independent league MVP and put up big numbers at Triple-A in 2013. He got a shot in the majors this year and responded with a great April, but then slumped horribly before getting demoted back to the minors.
Colabello later revealed that he played much of the season with a thumb injury. He’s a 31-year-old career .214 hitter with 13 homers and a .649 OPS in 114 games for the Twins, but the Blue Jays might be able to squeeze some production out of Colabello in a part-time role.
Marc Krauss, who logged 354 plate appearances for the Astros during the past two seasons, has been claimed off waivers by the Angels.
Krauss hit just .200 with 10 homers and a .615 OPS in 119 games for the Astros and as a 27-year-old corner outfielder/first baseman his upside is limited, but his Triple-A numbers are pretty solid with decent power and lots of walks.
He could work his way into a part-time role/bench role with the Angels, perhaps platooning with C.J. Cron.