The Red Sox have promoted right-hander Allen Webster to pitch in the nightcap of tomorrow’s double-header against the Royals, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. Webster was acquired in last August’s megadeal with the Dodgers, which saw Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto move to the West coast.
Webster is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket immediately after his start, but it is still a praiseworthy promotion for the young hurler, who was rated the #49 overall prospect going into the 2013 season by Baseball America. In two starts spanning ten innings at Triple-A, he had a 0.90 ERA with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
Lauber points out that MLB’s rules allow teams to add a 26th player for double-headers, which means the Red Sox don’t need to make any other moves to make room for Webster’s one-day promotion.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.