Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who was designated for assignment by the Tigers last week, has been traded to the Pirates for cash considerations.
Detroit not even getting a player to be named later or cash considerations means it’s basically a giveaway deal, although Lobstein has a chance to crack Pittsburgh’s roster in a bullpen role.
There isn’t much upside to be had, however. He’s a soft-tosser with a 5.33 ERA and just 59 strikeouts in 103 innings as a big leaguer and the 26-year-old former second-round draft pick also has a mediocre 3.83 ERA in the minors.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.