Report: Nationals plan to keep Jordan Zimmermann


Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that, contrary to speculation following the signing of Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal, the Nationals plan to keep Jordan Zimmermann in their “super rotation” in an attempt to go all-in for the 2015 season.

Zimmermann, 28, will earn $16.5 million in the last year of a two-year deal signed last year to avoid arbitration. He can become a free agent after the season. The right-hander has been one of the game’s best starting pitchers since becoming a regular part of the Nationals’ rotation in 2011, owning a combined 3.00 ERA in 770 innings, the 10th-best mark among qualified major league starters.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.