From Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes word that the Mariners have finalized their one-year contract with outfielder Jason Bay and designated lefty reliever Mauricio Robles in a corresponding move to a clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Robles, 23, had a 5.78 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 71 2/3 innings this summer between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Oklahoma. He seems likely to pass through waivers and remain with the organization.
Bay’s contract will pay him $500,000 if he’s in the minor leagues and $1 million if he’s in the majors.
The 34-year-old batted just .165/.237/.299 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 215 plate appearances this past season for the Mets. He has averaged an ugly .689 OPS since leaving Boston after the 2009 campaign.
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.