The Marlins designated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment earlier today and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the team’s general manager, Dan Jennings, has already talked to five teams about a potential trade.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick pegs the Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, and Diamondbacks among the potential landing spots. And sure enough, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks are having “internal discussions” about the possibility. It’s not a bad idea when you consider their current catching tandem consists of Tuffy Gosewisch and Jordan Pacheco.
Saltalamacchia owns a disappointing .209/.310/.351 batting line in 123 games dating back to the start of last season and is owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season, so the Marlins would have to pick up most of the tab to make a deal palatable. They have 10 days to find a match. Otherwise, he’ll hit free agency and be able to sign with a team of his choosing at the major league minimum.
Troubling news here for the Reds, as right-hander Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening with what is being termed as an elbow ligament sprain.
Bailey underwent surgery last September to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his elbow. He was behind schedule at the start of spring training and began this season on the disabled list, but made his return on April 18 and posted a 5.56 ERA across his first two starts while showing diminished velocity. This sort of terminology from the Reds makes you wonder if Tommy John surgery could be next.
Bailey, who turns 29 in May, posted a 3.71 ERA over 23 starts last season. He’s in the second year of a six-year, $105 million contract.
With Bailey out, the Reds are likely to turn to either Raisel Iglesias or Michael Lorenzen in the starting rotation.
Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy had to leave Saturday’s start with elbow tightness and tests have revealed the worst-case scenario. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that McCarthy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which means that he’s almost certainly headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
McCarthy turned a strong finish with the Yankees last season into a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers over the winter. Some saw that as a risky deal, but his injury history has all been about his shoulder until now. McCarthy had a 5.87 ERA with nine home runs allowed over his first four starts with the Dodgers this season.
McCarthy has a torn ligament in his elbow and now has a lengthy rehab process in front of him, but at least he still has his trademark sense of humor:
We here at HardballTalk look forward to seeing McCarthy back to full strength next season.
The Dodgers are also without Hyun-Jin Ryu at the moment and it’s hard to count on Brett Anderson to stay healthy, so the back-end of their rotation has some big questions. Scott Baker made a spot-start against the Padres yesterday and Joe Wieland and Zach Lee linger as alternatives. Similar to the Cardinals, they could eventually look to the trade market, with Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels a logical possibility.
Adam Ottavino was just named as the Rockies closer two weeks ago, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with right triceps inflammation.
Ottavino downplayed the issue after getting the day off last Thursday and pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend, but he told Nick Groke of the Denver Post today that he didn’t feel like himself. The Rockies sent him for an MRI, so we should know more about his status soon.
Ottavino has been spotless so far this season, tossing 10 1/3 scoreless innings to go along with a 13/2 K/BB ratio and three saves. The Rockies are likely to turn to John Axford and/or Rafael Betancourt for save chances during his absence.
Protests and violence continue in Baltimore after the recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The White Sox and Orioles were slated to play tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but the game has officially been postponed:
It’s the right call to ensure the safety of everyone involved. The status of the other games this week are unclear, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Steve Melewski of MASN Sports that it’s possible they could be played elsewhere. Baseball feels secondary at a time like this, anyway. Stay safe, Baltimore.
UPDATE: Maryland governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency while Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced a citywide 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew for the city beginning Tuesday. The curfew will last for least one week. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com writes that the remaining games against the White Sox this week could be played in the afternoon. The Nationals are away this week, so another possibility could be to move the games to Washington, D.C.