After being released by the Braves last week, veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers.
Rodriguez had a fine showing as a non-roster player with Atlanta this spring and appeared to have a rotation spot locked down at one point. However, the Braves traded for Trevor Cahill last week and opted to go with Eric Stults over Rodriguez for the fifth starter job.
Rodriguez is now 36 and has struggled to stay healthy over the past three years, but he could get an opportunity with the big club if he gets off to a good start with Triple-A Round Rock. With Yu Darvish sidelined, the Rangers are set to go with Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Ross Detwiler, and Nick Martinez in their starting rotation.
UPDATE: It’s being reported that Cain has flexor tendon strain. He will take a few days off but, at the moment anyway, team trainers are optimistic.
8:43 PM: Troubling news here for the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants…
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, Matt Cain was sent for an MRI today after feeling right forearm tightness. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he felt the tightness after his most recent Cactus League start. He was scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but Pavlovic writes that Tim Lincecum or a minor leaguer would fill in if he’s unable to go.
Cain required season-ending surgery last August to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his elbow. The 30-year-old owns a 4.06 ERA since the start of 2013, which isn’t quite what we’ve been accustomed to over the years. News of forearm tightness isn’t promising as he tries to get back on track.
This isn’t the only issue with the Giants rotation right now. Jake Peavy’s first start will miss his first start with back tightness, so Ryan Vogelsong is set to fill in.
UPDATE: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the deal is worth $82.5 million.
As for the contract details, Porcello will get a $500,000 signing bonus to go along with salaries of $20 million in 2016 and 2017 and $21 million in 2018 and 2019. The deal sets him up for another potential big payday after his age-30 season.
It seems a little steep for what Porcello has done until this point, but he’s still very young and likely would have found a bigger deal in free agency this winter if he duplicated what he did last year. Everybody’s happy.
Porcello wrote about his extension in a piece at the Players’ Tribune. You can read about it here.
7:48 p.m. ET: On the heels of a report yesterday that the two sides were going to table negotiations until the offseason, the Red Sox just announced that they have agreed to a four-year extension with right-hander Rick Porcello. No word yet on the terms involved, but he’s now locked up through 2019.
Porcello, who was acquired from the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes over the winter, was due to become a free agent this offseason. The 26-year-old owns a 4.30 ERA for his career and is coming off a career-best 3.43 ERA last season to go along with a 129/41 K/BB ratio over 204 2/3 innings. He’s making $12.5 million this year.
Well, this is embarrassing.
The Marlins had a 16-minute rain delay during their Opening Day contest against the Braves this afternoon. It was a first in the history of Marlins Park and not exactly something you would expect in a stadium with a retractable roof.
How did this happen? Marlins president David Samson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he made the call to leave the roof open before the game:
“I tried to predict that a cloud would go north; it went south on top of our ballpark,” Marlins president David Samson said. “The roof closed as quickly as I could get it closed, short of me pushing it. So we had a 16-minute rain delay, which was the first at Marlins Park.”
Let’s just say that Samson doesn’t have a future in meteorology.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already making friends in his new digs. Check out this leaping catch he made to rob Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki of a home run this afternoon:
Cespedes, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Rick Porcello this winter, also made an impact with the bat. He went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. His triple, as you’ll see in the video linked here, probably would have been a home run in most parks.