Trevor Cahill

Trevor Cahill designated for assignment by the Braves


Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”

It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.

Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.

Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.

Phillies add right-hander Kevin Correia on MLB contract

Kevin Correia

Veteran right-hander Kevin Correia, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Giants last week, has signed a major-league deal with the Phillies.

He’ll join the team in Cincinnati in time for tonight’s game, so clearly it was a good decision by Correia and gets him from Triple-A back to the majors.

How long he’ll stay there is unclear, because Correia is 34 years old with a 4.59 career ERA and hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2009. Last season he had a 5.44 ERA and 79/40 K/BB ratio in 154 innings for the Twins and Dodgers and his numbers at Triple-A for the Giants this season were underwhelming.

Astros plan to remove Tal’s Hill from outfield, move fences in for 2016 as part of $15 million renovation

Tal's Hill

Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros are planning a $15 million renovation to Minute Maid Park for 2016 that includes removing Tal’s Hill from the outfield and moving in the center field fence from 436 feet to 409 feet.

Astros owner Jim Crane indicated that the team wanted to use the extra space in center field to add concession stands and spots where fans can watch the game from the concourse.

Tal’s Hill, some people love it, some people hate it. We just thought it would be a better ballpark by moving that in. It will still be a very deep center field. There’s always been concern with the flag poles in play and danger in that and also the injuries going up the Hill, so we think this would be better for the players, utilize the space better and be a very pretty ballpark.

I’m generally in favor of ballparks having quirks, but a literal hill in center field always seemed to take that a bit too far and it created a lot more potential for weird plays and injuries than any sort of beautification or character.

Grady Sizemore released by the Phillies

Grady Sizemore

No teams were interested in trading for Grady Sizemore or even claiming his remaining contract off waivers, so the Phillies released the veteran outfielder after designating him for assignment.

Sizemore signed with the Phillies in the middle of last season after being released by the Red Sox and then re-signed for this year at $2 million, but he hit just .250 with three homers and a .657 OPS in 99 total games for Philadelphia.

Once among the best all-around players in baseball, Sizemore’s career was wrecked by injuries and he hasn’t posted an OPS above .750 since 2009. It’s sad that he’s now healthy enough to play regularly but no longer good enough to really help a team much doing so despite being only 32 years old.