Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Saturday that Phillies starter Aaron Harang cleared waivers. As a result, any team desperate for back-end rotation help can try and negotiate a trade with the Phillies.
Harang, 37, has had a tough 2015 campaign, currently holding a 4.79 ERA with an 86/42 K/BB ratio across 139 innings. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list between the beginning and end of July due to plantar fasciitis. The right-hander is owed the remainder of his $5 million salary for the 2015 season and will become a free agent after the season.
Left-hander Cesar Jimenez, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies, has been claimed off waivers by the Brewers.
Jimenez is a 30-year-old journeyman reliever, so it’s a low-wattage move, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers may be looking to trade setup man Neal Cotts and, if that happens, they could view Jimenez as a southpaw bullpen fill-in.
Jimenez has a 4.15 ERA in 85 career innings as a big leaguer and has also spent parts of 10 seasons (yes, 10 seasons) at Triple-A posting a 3.85 ERA.
Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Dodgers last week to become a free agent, has agreed to another minor-league deal with the Cubs.
Cahill is now on his fourth team this year–he was also traded by the Diamondbacks and released by the Braves–and hasn’t had success in the majors since 2013. He also struggled at Triple-A for the Dodgers, posting a 6.28 ERA and 17/14 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.
He’s still just 27 years old and the former All-Star is still getting paid by the Diamondbacks as part of a $30 million contract extension gone bad, but Cahill looks like mostly organizational depth at this point.
Josh Donaldson destroyed this Aaron Nola pitch in the first inning Tuesday in Philadelphia …
That was the 32nd home run, 88th RBI, and 87th run scored of the 2015 season for Donaldson.
Maikel Franco has been the biggest bright spot in another rough season for the Phillies, but now the rookie third baseman is headed to the disabled list with what the team is calling a “small, non-displaced fracture” of his left wrist.
Franco remained on the active roster for an entire week while hoping to play through what was initially called a bruise, but further examination revealed a much more serious problem and he was placed on the DL.
Philadelphia has turned to Cesar Hernandez and Andres Blanco as the fill-ins at third base and Franco’s fantastic rookie season is on hold after he hit .277 with 13 homers, 22 doubles, and an .830 OPS in 77 games as a 22-year-old.
On a related note: Chase Utley is in the lineup at second base after general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this morning that he’s unlikely to be traded.