After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery.
This is another tough blow for Guerra, who has largely been a disappointment since coming over from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade. The Twins originally hoped to develop him as a starter, but he was moved to the bullpen in 2011 and posted a 4.11 ERA and 71/22 K/BB ratio over 70 innings last season between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. While his name has been bandied about in prospect circles for a long time, he doesn’t turn 24 until April.
For what it’s worth, Mets right-hander Dillon Gee had season-ending surgery last July to address a blood clot in his shoulder. However, he hasn’t had any issues this spring and is expected to begin the season in the starting rotation.
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.