Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays are considering Alberto Callaspo at second base. They view him as a buy-low bounce-back candidate.
The switch-hitting Callaspo, 31, can play everywhere in the infield as well as both corner outfield spots. This past season with the Athletics, he hit a lackluster .223/.290/.290. However, he has shown the ability to hit at about the league average or better previously in his career and moving from the spacious O.co Coliseum to the Rogers Centre could help his numbers.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.