Update (12:11 PM EST): The Dodgers are expected to receive left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are trading catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Mariners. It’s not yet known what the Dodgers will receive in return, but it could mean that the Mariners are paying the $4.5 million on the catcher’s club option for the 2017 season.
Ruiz, 37, hit .264/.365/.348 in 233 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers. He lost his starting role with the Phillies to Cameron Rupp, then served as the backup to Yasmani Grandal with the Dodgers.
Chris Iannetta played in a majority of the Mariners’ games behind the plate, but he’s a free agent. Ruiz will likely be second-string behind Mike Zunino. While Ruiz doesn’t hit for much power these days, he has excellent plate discpline and is well-regarded for his ability to work with a pitching staff.
Scott Kazmir could have opted out of his three-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers — which has two years and $32 million remaining — but he chose not to, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Sherman adds that the Dodgers could draw trade interest in Kazmir given how lackluster the free agent starting pitching market is.
Kazmir, 32, made 26 starts for the Dodgers this past season, but he put up a meager 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings. His walk and home run rates were both up compared o his previous three seasons.
Kazmir missed a month between August 23 and September 22 due tothoracic spine inflammation. Given that Kazmir also turns 33 years old in January, teams may be hesitant to part with a lot for the lefty in a trade.
Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies have hired Bud Black to fill their open manager position. The report is backed by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Black, 59, managed the Padres for nine seasons, going 649-713 (.477) overall. After he was fired in 2015, he went to the Angels to serve as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler. He interviewed with the Nationals for their open managerial position, but he turned down their offer, deeming it too low.
Black is also a former player, pitching parts of 15 seasons from 1981-95. He was the Angels’ pitching coach from 2000-06.
Walt Weiss had managed the Rockies for the past four seasons, but the club went 283-365 (.437), failing to finish higher than third place in each season.