The Royals just announced that they have signed outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league deal contract with an invitation to spring training.
A former top prospect in the Blue Jays’ organization, Snider was productive in a part-time role with the Pirates in 2014, but he batted just .213 with four home runs and a .663 OPS in 265 plate appearances at the major league level last season. He began the year with the Orioles before being designated for assignment in August. He then returned to the Pirates and served as a September call-up.
Snider doesn’t turn 28 until February, so it’s easy to understand why he continues to get chances, but he now owns a disappointing .244/.311/.399 batting line in the majors.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported back in November that five-time All-Star Andruw Jones was hoping to make one last run in the majors. It felt like a real long shot, as Jones is turning 39 in April and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2012 as a member of the Yankees. After playing in Japan from 2013-2014, Jones didn’t play professionally last season.
It’s unclear whether Jones put out any feelers with teams, but it sounds like the comeback talk didn’t draw much interest:
#Braves great Andruw Jones said he expects to retire rather than pursue spot w/ a team for '16.
If this is officially the end for Jones, he’ll wrap things up with .254/.337/.486 career batting line to go along with 434 home runs and 1,289 RBI. An all-time great defender in center field during his peak, he won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. It was a long and successful career which should get some consideration on Hall of Fame ballots.
As someone who grew up in the 90s, it feels like just yesterday that Jones hit two home runs in the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old:
The Mets designated reliever Carlos Torres for assignment last week after they added Antonio Bastardo to their bullpen on a two-year, $12 million contract. While Torres had a mediocre 4.68 ERA over 59 appearances last season, he posted a 3.06 ERA and 96/38 K/BB ratio over 97 innings in 2014. Most expected that the Mets would be able to find a trade for him.
The Twins reportedly had interest, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that Torres has been placed on waivers after the Mets were unable to find a trade.
The 33-year-old Torres is only due to make a $1.05 million salary in 2016, so someone will almost certainly claim him in hopes of a rebound. The results weren’t quite there last year, but his average fastball velocity was the highest of his career and he managed to cut down on his walks while increasing his ground ball rate.