Mets release D.J. Carrasco, eat $1.2 million salary

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As expected, D.J. Carrasco and his $1.2 million salary passed through waivers unclaimed after the reliever was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and today they released the veteran right-hander.

Carrasco’s solid track record suggested he was a nice bargain signing for two years and $2.4 million last offseason, but he proved to be a bust with a 6.11 ERA in 53 innings for the Mets. His control was fine, but he managed just 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings and served up nine homers in 243 plate appearances.

At age 36 this might be the last we’ve seen of Carrasco in the majors, but he should be able to snag a minor-league contract somewhere.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.