After missing most of 2014 with an elbow issue, Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers dealt with ankle and knee injuries last season while struggling to the tune of a 5.63 ERA over 42 appearances. Unfortunately, 2016 is already off to the wrong foot.
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Scheppers is slated to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. It’s the same knee that bothered him for much of last season. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the expectation is that he’ll miss at least the first half of the season.
Tanners was excellent out of the bullpen in 2013, posting a 1.88 ERA over 76 appearances, but it’s been all downhill for him since the Rangers tried to convert him to a starter two years ago. Now he’ll have to wait until later this summer to break his string of bad luck.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.