Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in eight starts and four relief appearances for the Mariners last season.
Utilizing a 91-95 mph fastball and a plus slider, Snell went 14-11 with a 4.74 ERA for the Pirates in 2006 and 9-12 with a 3.76 ERA in 2007, striking out 346 batters between the two season.
Unfortunately, his command regressed from there, he lost a little bit off his fastball and he never did come up with a quality third pitch. In 191 1/3 innings during 2009 and 2010, he had just about as many walks (108) as strikeouts (115).
The Dodgers could use some starting pitching depth, so they’ll stash him away in Triple-A and see what happens. Odds are that not much will come of it.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested in Toronto back on May 8 on charges of assault against a woman and he has been on MLB’s administrative leave list ever since — that leave having been extended twice already.
Canadian authorities aren’t revealing any details about the case so as to protect the identity of the accuser and it’s unclear where MLB’s investigation into the matter stands at this point, but Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports opens his latest column with this note …
Toronto Blue Jays star closer Roberto Osuna’s domestic issue is said by people familiar with the case to be serious and involve allegations of a physical nature, which would draw a significant ban.
Heyman notes that Major League Baseball handed 15-game suspensions to Jeurys Familia and Steven Wright for domestic assault cases where there was no physical abuse — or none proven — and that Aroldis Chapman got 30 games after a police report revealed that he did get physical with the victim and also fired a gun.
It sounds like Osuna could be facing a suspension of at least 20-25 games, given the precedent. Again, though, we don’t have any actual details.
Tyler Clippard has been operating as Toronto’s primary ninth-inning man in Osuna’s absence.