The Athletics announced that outfielder Andrew Lambo has been claimed off waivers from the Pirates.
Lambo, 27, missed most of this past season due to plantar fasciitis. In 27 plate appearances, he had just one hit (a double). He has a career .530 OPS across 99 career plate appearances at the big league level.
Lambo hit well in the minors and is under team control through 2020, so the Athletics are hoping he can live up to his potential in a new uniform.
The Nexen Heroes of the KBO League have accepted a $12.85 million bid from a currently unknown team on the rights to negotiate a contract with power-hitting first baseman Byung-ho Park, according to Naver Sports. The winning team — expected to be revealed by Tuesday — now has 30 days to work out a contract with Park. If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, Nexen would not get the posting fee.
Park, 29, has posted back-to-back 50-homer seasons. This past year, he hit .343/.436/.714 with 146 RBI in 622 plate appearances. It’s worth noting that the KBO competition isn’t major league-caliber, but the slugger’s numbers are impressive nevertheless.
Park was teammates with current Pirates 3B/SS and current Naitonal League Rookie of the Year candidate Jung Ho Kang. Kang hit 40 home runs with Nexen in 2014.
MLB.com’s William Ladson reports that outfielder Denard Span was not among those receiving a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nationals on Friday. Starter Doug Fister did not receive one either, while shortstop Ian Desmond and starter Jordan Zimmermann did.
Span, 32 in February, played in only 61 games this past season due to back and hip injuries. He suffered a torn labrum and underwent surgery in early September. The procedure has a timetable of four to six months. The far end of that would have him making a slightly late appearance in spring training with whichever team he signs.
When he was in the lineup, Span performed well, hitting .301/.365/.431 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases in 275 plate appearances. The veteran has also consistently been an above-average defender. Despite his recent injury issues, Span should draw some interest in free agency this off-season.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have declined club options on second baseman Chase Utley, starter Bronson Arroyo, and reliever Joel Peralta.
Utley’s option was based on the number of days he spent on the disabled list during the 2015 regular season, between $5-11 million. While with the Phillies, Utley hit the shelf in June and didn’t return until early August, playing in eight games before he was traded to the Dodgers. Overall, the veteran hit a dismal .212/.286/.343 with eight home runs and 39 RBI in 423 plate appearances. Utley may draw some interest this off-season as a bench bat, but his days of starting are likely over as he has degenerative conditions in both of his knees.
The Dodgers acquired Arroyo from the Braves at the trade deadline as part of a three-team swap that also involved the Marlins. Earning $9.5 million for the season, Arroyo’s inclusion was simply to balance out the ledger. His option was worth $11 million but the Dodgers will buy him out for $4.5 million instead. The right-hander didn’t pitch at all this season as he was on the mend from Tommy John surgery. Arroyo turns 39 years old in February and he’ll likely have trouble finding a major league contract heading into 2016.
Peralta’s option was worth $2.5 million but the soon-to-be 40-year-old dealt with neck issues throughout the 2015 season, resulting in only 29 innings pitched and a 4.34 ERA with a 24/8 K/BB ratio.
As Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA notes, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster currently stands at 36.
Wade Davis has been lights out all year, helping the Royals transition seamlessly after Greg Holland was ineffective and injured. He finished the regular season with a 0.94 ERA, 17 saves in 18 opportunities, and a 78/20 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings. Entering Game 5 of the World Series, Davis had tossed 9 2/3 scoreless innings with four saves and a 15/3 K/BB ratio.
Davis remained money for the Royals, though a five-run lead certainly alleviated any pressure he might have had in pitching a potential clincher. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Davis struck out Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud, then worked around a one-out Michael Conforto single by striking out Wilmer Flores.