Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Giants sign Jean Machi to a minor league deal


The San Francisco Giants have signed reliever Jean Machi to a minor league contract and have assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Machi spent four seasons with the Giants, pitching for them from 2012 through mid-2015.

Normally I wouldn’t think to post about such a minor minor league signing, but Machi made the news recently after he was cut from the Cubs’ Triple-A team last week and then was arrested several hours later for public intoxication and public urination outside a restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa. As one does.

Everyone gets a second chance, I suppose. Here’s hoping Machi doesn’t . . . fritter his second chance away.

Twins closer Glen Perkins to miss the rest of the season

Associated Press

Bad news for Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins. La Velle Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Perkins will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff problems that will likely require surgery.

Perkins has pitched in only two games this year, both coming at the beginning of the season. It was then he started experiencing shoulder soreness which landed him on the DL. It was initially thought to be a relatively minor matter which would not cause him to miss much time but that was obviously not the case. A recent MRI confirmed the labrum tear and rotator cuff issue.

Perkins, who has saved 102 games over his previous three seasons, is expected to be ready in early 2017, though Neal notes that that is only if all things go as expected with his recovery. In the meantime, Kevin Jepsen will continue on as the Twins’ closer.


Report: the Royals are considering Jose Reyes to play second base


This is interesting: ESPN’s Alex Cora — not normally one to break news, but apparently hearing things today — says that the Royals are tossing around the idea of signing Jose Reyes to play second base.

Reyes was just DFA’d by the Rockies and, once he clears waivers, which he certainly will, he will be a low-priced free agent. The Royals, meanwhile, just DFA’d their second baseman, Omar Infante, and are using stopgap measures at the keystone. As far as that goes it would at least be something worth thinking about to bring in Reyes. His shortstop skills would likely make a him an above average second baseman. Offensively speaking, Reyes hit .303/.425/.485 over 40 plate appearances on his nine-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque.

If Kansas City wants to take a chance on a guy who has missed all but those rehab games this season due to a domestic violence suspension, it would be a low-risk proposition financially in that, if he’s not any good, they’re not out any real money. It might be a high risk move, however, in terms of the P.R. hit they might get for signing a domestic abuser. We’re in new territory now. Will the Royals be the first to explore it?