Designated for assignment and dropped from the 40-man roster by the Giants last month, right-hander J.C. Gutierrez has re-signed with San Francisco on a minor-league contract.
Gutierrez would have been due for a raise to around $1.5 million via arbitration, so the Giants definitely saved money this way, but it’s a little surprising he didn’t generate any interest from other teams after throwing 64 innings with a 3.96 ERA and 44/16 K/BB ratio this past season.
He’ll get an invitation to spring training and the hard-throwing 31-year-old seems likely to see action as a middle reliever at some point in 2015.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.