In the book “Moneyball,” Mark Teahen was described as someone who had the potential to be the next Jason Giambi. While the first Jason Giambi continues to draw a big league paycheck, however, Mark Teahen is out of work:
Mark Teahen’s 2013 baseball odyssey took another turn Monday, as the Yucaipa High product was released by the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Teahen batted .171 (6 for 35) with two RBIs in 10 games this season with Round Rock.
Teahen — who hit .290 and had 18 home runs in 109 games for the Royals back in 2006 — never managed to put it together. He hasn’t been in the bigs since 2011. This season alone he was with the Dbacks organization, was traded to the Reds, who promptly sent him back to Arizona after he failed a physical, and then fizzled at Round Rock for the Rangers.
Hard to see how this is anything other than the end of the line for the guy.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.