In the event you’re a read-at-work-only HBT reader, you may have missed some of the great work our Matthew Pouliot has been doing breaking down the available — and possibly available — talent, position-by-position, at the deadline. He still has the pitchers to go, but he’s got your position players covered like nobody’s business:
Check them out, and be sure to save the links someplace, because a great many of those guys are going to be available for waiver deadline deals through the month of August as well.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.
Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.
Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.