Jon Heyman reports that the Angels have agreed to terms with reliever Al Alburquerque on a major league contract, pending a physical.
Alburquerque was non-tended by the Tigers in December. He has been an effective reliever in the past and has a career 11.0 K/9 rate, although last season was a rough one for him. His K/9 fell to a career-low 8.4 and his ERA was 4.21. The Tigers likely would’ve kept him if he weren’t arbitration eligible as he’s still useful, they just didn’t think he was worth the likely $2 million+ he would’ve made in arbitration.
The change of scenery may do him well.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.