As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers have signed outfielder Jordan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The deal will play Schafer a $1 million salary while he is in the major leagues, if he ever does reach the major league level with Los Angeles.
Schafer batted just .217/.250/.261 across 74 plate appearances last season with the Twins before suffering an MCL sprain in his right knee.
For his career, the 29-year-old is a .228/.308/.307 major league hitter.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick heard from a source in November that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand” Marcell Ozuna and would attempt to trade the outfielder this offseason.
Teams like the Rangers and Mariners came calling, but new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and new Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds recently rallied on Ozuna’s behalf and it sounds like the 25-year-old is no longer being shopped.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro notes that Miami’s recent signing of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen — to a five-year, $80 million free agent deal — has satisfied the club’s need for a starting pitcher. And a major league-ready starter was the asking price for Ozuna.
Ozuna batted just .259/.308/.383 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 123 games last season for the Marlins, but he had a .772 OPS, 23 homers, and 85 RBI in 2014. And he is under contractual control through 2020. Maybe the new coaching staff in Miami can get him back on track, both at the plate and with ownership.
Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Olson were both pushed off the Dodgers’ 40-man roster last week — Torreyes got the boot to clear a spot for Kenta Maeda, and Olson got dumped for Brandon Beachy.
Now those two are headed to New York.
Per the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Yankees have traded corner infielder Rob Segedin and a player to be named later to LA in exchange for Torreyes and Olson.
Segedin, 27, hit .287/.360/.426 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 71 games last season between the Yankees’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates while appearing defensively at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
Torreyes, 23, hit .261/.308/.347 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015.
Olson, 26, had a 5.40 ERA in 13 1/3 innings of relief with the Mariners.
According to formal announcements from both clubs, the Dodgers have traded right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland to the Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Erick Mejia.
Seattle designated right-hander A.J. Schugel for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Wieland, who will give the team some much-needed organizational rotation depth. Wieland is likely to open the 2016 season at Triple-A, where he owns a 4.34 ERA and 123/31 K/BB ratio in 145 career innings. The 25-year-old has a 5.85 ERA in 47 2/3 career major league frames.
Mejia, a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, batted .282/.346/.339 with 20 stolen bases in 51 games last season between four different levels of the Mariners’ minor league system. He’s not much of a prospect, but Mejia does have good speed on the bases and decent range on the middle infield.
St. Louis has whiffed on multiple big-name free agents this winter — see: Jason Heyward, David Price — but it appears the defending National League Central champions are leading the pursuit for popular South Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh.
According to Daniel Kim of KBSn, the Cardinals have shown serious interest in Oh “from the get go” and “all signs point to” them finalizing a deal with the 33-year-old right-hander at some point in the near future.
Oh boasts a 1.81 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 10.7 K/9 in 646 1/3 career innings between the Korea Baseball Organization and Japan’s Central League. He earned 41 saves last year for the Hanshin Tigers and has earned the nickname “Final Boss” for his prowess closing games around Asia.
Kim says Oh got on a plane Saturday bound for the United States.
He would work in a setup role for closer Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis.
UPDATE, 11:48 A.M. ET: Oh is scheduled to undergo a physical for the Cardinals on Monday, per Kim. If it goes smoothly, the agreement will be officially announced.