Veteran outfielder Brennan Boesch has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds.
Boesch was once a solid regular for the Tigers, but has mostly been stuck in the minors since struggling in 2012. This year he played at Triple-A for the Angels, hitting .332 with 25 homers and a 1.017 OPS in 95 games, but failed to produce in a brief big-league stint.
At age 29 he’s no longer likely to carve out a big role, but Boesch would make a decent platoon player or bench bat and the Reds may be in need of some outfield depth if they trade Jay Bruce.
Chris Capuano said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that he’s “considering” signing with a Japanese team.
Capuano is 36 years old, so finding a guaranteed big-league job for 2015 could be difficult, but he had a decent 4.35 ERA and 84/34 K/BB ratio in 97 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this season.
As a middle reliever or fifth starter there should still be a fit on some team’s pitching staff for Capauano, but Japan may offer more money and a more prominent role. And he apparently liked it there after traveling to Japan as part of the MLB All-Stars series earlier this month.
It’s not often that a player becomes a free agent after just three professional seasons, but unique circumstances have led to that happening with left-hander Michael Roth.
Roth was the Angels’ ninth-round draft pick out of the University of South Carolina in 2012. At the time he was viewed as a low-upside, MLB-ready pitcher and sure enough he debuted in the majors less than a year after being selected: April 13, 2013.
And then he got knocked around in a few stints with the Angels, allowing 28 runs in 32 innings. He was placed on waivers and passed through unclaimed twice, the second time happening yesterday, and because of that Roth was able to become a free agent at age 24.
Based on his underwhelming raw stuff and minor-league track record Roth looks like a marginal big leaguer, but he’ll no doubt find a home at Triple-A somewhere and perhaps make it back to the majors.
Reports have varied on whether the Twins or the Rangers submitted the highest bid for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, but now it doesn’t matter.
Yang’s team, the Kia Tigers, have rejected the winning bid–wherever it came from–and the 27-year-old ace will stay in Korea for at least one more season.
No word on the exact value of the bid, but the Tigers apparently weren’t happy with the amount and weren’t willing to let Yang go anyway despite his wanting to pitch in America. By rule, Yang can’t be made available to MLB teams again until November 1, 2015.
Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who missed the final six weeks of the season with an elbow injury, has been cleared to resume throwing.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam came back clean, so Darvish will begin his usual offseason throwing schedule. He’s expected to do some throwing in early December.
Before being shut down Darvish was his usual fantastic self with a 3.07 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 144 innings, posting a double-digit strikeout rate for the third time in three MLB seasons.