The Brandon League Era is likely over in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers announced this evening that they have designated the veteran reliever for assignment.
League hasn’t pitched in the majors this season due to a right shoulder impingement. The 32-year-old recently posted a 0.84 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings over 10 appearances during a minor league rehab assignment between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City. His 30-day rehab window came to an end this weekend, so the Dodgers were forced to decide whether to add him to the active roster. They ultimately didn’t have room for him in their bullpen.
League is in the final year of his three-year, $22.5 million contract signed under former general manager Ned Colletti. He has posted a 3.55 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 over 149 appearances with the club. Given that he’s still owed roughly half of his $7.5 million salary for this season, he’ll almost certainly pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll still get his money even if he ends up opting for free agency over an outright assignment to the minors.
The Reds sit at 36-41 on the year and are widely-expected to be sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. However, contrary to some speculation, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer today that he has no plans to trade third baseman Todd Frazier.
“No, I wouldn’t trade him,” he said. “I think all that talk is coming from the New York media.”
He’s not wrong. With David Wright’s status in question due to spinal stenosis, some in the New York media have opined that Frazier would be a “perfect fit” for the Mets. He’s second in the majors with 25 home runs, so his production is a big part of that, but he’s also from Toms River, New Jersey and would bring that local flavor to the mix. It makes sense in a hypothetical scenario, but it’s mostly wishful thinking. The 29-year-old Frazier is making $3.75 million this year and $8.25 million in 2016 before one final year of arbitration in 2017, so he could bring a monster haul if the Reds decide to move him, but there’s nothing to indicate that they have considered it. There’s also no rush to make a decision on his future unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.
While Frazier is off the table, impending free agents like Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake are likely to be traded in the next month. Aroldis Chapman, a luxury for a non-contender, could also be dealt.
After pitching into the seventh inning in his major league debut against the Rangers last Saturday, Blue Jays left-hander Matt Boyd failed to record an out in his start tonight against the Red Sox.
Boyd allowed seven straight batters to reach base before being pulled. He walked one and gave up six hits in the frame, including back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. Liam Hendriks allowed two inherited runners to score after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought the hook, so Boyd ended up being charged with seven runs.
In case you were wondering, this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often:
Boyd’s ERA increased from 5.40 to 14.85 with tonight’s clunker. Hey, it should only get better from here.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has already been sidelined since June 17 with a bone bruise and “aggravated ligaments” in his right wrist, but he confirmed to Mark Bowman of MLB.com today that the injury will keep him out through the All-Star break.
Freeman received a platelet-rich plasma injection on June 24 and still isn’t able to bend his wrist. While the bone bruise is healing, he’s currently receiving treatment focused on his ligaments and tendons. He’s hoping to go on a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break before returning on July 17 against the Cubs, but he also acknowledged that it’s a “best-case scenario.”
The Braves have understandably struggled to stay afloat without the big bat in their lineup, losing seven out of their last 12 games.
It was only natural to be concerned when it was reported that Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley was going to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his shoulder, but the news is pretty good under the circumstances.
Bradley originally landed on the disabled list a month ago with right shoulder tendinitis. The 22-year-old made one minor league rehab start with Triple-A Reno on June 24, but didn’t feel quite right. He’ll presumably be shut down from throwing until the discomfort subsides.
Bradley made the Diamondbacks’ rotation with a strong showing during spring training, but his rookie season hasn’t gone smoothly. He has a 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 22 walks in 35 2/3 innings over eight starts. In addition to his shoulder issue, he had a stint on the disabled list after he was hit in the face by a comebacker in late April.