Last week’s rumored trade with the Dodgers apparently fell through, but the Red Sox are still looking to deal outfielder Alejandro De Aza before the end of the month.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that De Aza cleared waivers, meaning he can be traded freely to any team, and as a solid left-handed bat capable of playing all three outfield positions he should generate at least some interest from contenders looking to add depth for September and the playoffs.
De Aza is a career .268 hitter with a .737 OPS, including a .268 batting average and .770 OPS in 87 games this season. As a 31-year-old impending free agent he’s clearly not in the Red Sox’s plans, but they should be able to snag a low-level prospect for him in the next few days.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.