Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that free agent reliever Tony Sipp is drawing interest from multiple teams, though the left-hander isn’t expected to reach an agreement with any of them soon.
Sipp, 30, spent the 2013 with the Diamondbacks after four seasons with the Indians. He posted a 4.78 ERA in 37.2 innings of work, striking out 42 and unintentionally walking 20. He showed a flash of potential in 2011, when he finished with a 3.03 ERA and a career-low 9.6 percent walk rate. If he can ever harness his control, he still could be a useful bullpen piece at a cheap price.
Sipp was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on November 20.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.