Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves have signed pitcher John Danks to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Danks, 31, struggled in his first four starts with the White Sox this past season before being released in mid-May. Danks owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts since the start of the 2012 season. He’s been bothered by shoulder issues for years.
The Braves have quite a bit of competition at the back of their starting rotation. Danks more likely could pitch out of the bullpen or provide depth at Triple-A.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reported on Monday that the Cubs have contacted the Tigers about a potential trade involving reliever Justin Wilson.
The Cubs have already made one major bullpen acquisition this offseason, trading with the Royals for closer Wade Davis to fill the gap left by Aroldis Chapman. Wilson and Mike Montgomery would give the Cubs two lefties in the bullpen.
Wilson, 29, is under team control through the 2018 season. Over parts of five seasons in the majors, Wilson has a career 3.28 ERA with a 258/98 K/BB ratio in 258 innings. He doesn’t have much of a platoon split over his career and even showed a reverse split last season, suggesting that he might fit better in a full-inning role rather than being used as a lefty specialist.
Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Mets outfielder Juan Lagares injured his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch in a Dominican winter league game on Saturday. He underwent and X-ray and was evaluated on Sunday. More information is expected to be known on Monday.
The Mets are expected to trade Jay Bruce at some point before spring training, so Lagares appears ticketed for another season as the club’s fourth outfielder. The 27-year-old finished the 2016 season batting .239/.301/.380 with 13 extra-base hits and nine RBI in 160 plate appearances. Lagares missed some time in the summer with a torn ligament in his left thumb.