From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Cowley buried the news in a story about the White Sox signing Adam Dunn, so it’s possible that he doesn’t fully trust the source that passed along the information. But a marriage between Pierzynski and the Jays would make some sense.
The 33-year-old still has a decent bat and could step in as a full-time catcher if projected Jays starter J.P Arencibia falls flat.
Pierzynski posted a .270/.300/.388 batting line in 2010 for the White Sox with nine home runs and 56 RBI over 474 at-bats. Chicago is likely to go with Ramon Castro and Tyler Flowers at catcher next season, or they could try to land free agent backstop Miguel Olivo.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says that the rumor is false. Pierzynski is not close to a deal with the Blue Jays and the White Sox are still hoping to re-sign him.
On Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade with the Twins for right-handed reliever Mike Morin. The Twins will get cash considerations in the deal.
It’s a fairly quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Morin, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Twins returned first baseman Eddie Rosario and outfielder C.J. Cron to the active roster. In 23 appearances for Minnesota, the righty registered a 3.18 ERA, 0.8 BB/9, and 4.4 SO/9 through 22 2/3 innings, a brief but promising improvement over the rough patch he weathered with the Mariners in 2018.
As the Phillies intend to move Morin to the 40-man roster this weekend, they’ll transfer fellow right-hander Seranthony Domínguez to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot for the new reliever. Domínguez, 24, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow last month and is still working his way back to the mound — though there’s speculation that he may undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in the near future.