The speculation Tuesday was that the Mariners were cooling on free agent Jason Bay, but that the Angels were becoming more and more interested. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case.
Said manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday:
“I have not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions that we’ve had as an organization. I think there are some more pressing needs that we have right now than what — than the talent that Jason can bring. He’s an extraordinary talent, but we definitely have to look for some balance in some areas, and that might not make Jason a great fit for our club.”
If neither the Angels nor Mariners are prepared to go to five years on Bay, that might mean Boston’s original four-year, $60 million proposal is the best one he’ll see.
The Diamondbacks announced that the club optioned starter Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno after Tuesday night’s game. According to Nick Piecoro of Azcentral Sports, Shelby Miller will likely be activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Monday.
Miller, 27, has been out since late April of 2017 after undergoing and rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has had a rough time since coming to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Braves, starting 24 games since the beginning of the 2016 season with a 5.78 ERA and a 90/54 K/BB ratio in 123 innings.
That trade, consummated on December 9, 2015, is certainly one the D-Backs would like to take back. They received Miller and Gabe Speier from the Braves and gave up Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, and Aaron Blair.
Koch, 27, made 12 starts and one relief appearance this season, compiling a 4.40 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings.