The Braves sign J.R. House

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A couple of weeks ago I lamented the fact that fellow West Virginian J.R. House’s career was probably over.  Turns out that it’s not, as the Braves just signed him to a minor league deal.

The odds of him sniffing playing time in Atlanta?  Slim and none and none slim [sue me] left town, but he’s been a solid organizational soldier for a long time and deserves a shot to play some more baseball, be it in Fulton County or Gwinnett County. 

Athletics DFA Liam Hendriks

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The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment.

Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really, as he’s posted a 7.36 ERA over 13 appearances.

Hendriks, who appeared in 70 games last season, signed a one-year deal last winter to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $1.9 million, so anyone claiming him off of waivers or trading for him will owe him a bit over half of that. Given the durability the eight-year veteran has shown in previous seasons that’s not out of the question, but his ineffectiveness this year, combined with a groin problem that caused him to miss some time, may give suitors pause.