Jered Weaver’s career with the Padres might be over

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have given right-hander Jered Weaver “latitude to explore some things.” Weaver has been out of commission since late May after suffering a bout of hip inflammation, and gave up three runs and five hits during a singular rehab start in Triple-A El Paso last month. There’s currently no timetable for his return, however, and Lin speculates that he might not return to pitch for the Padres at any level this year.

It’s not difficult to see why the team might be ready to cut ties with Weaver. The 34-year-old righty wasn’t looking so hot before he succumbed to his hip injury, going 0-5 in nine starts and dragging a 7.44 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 42 1/3 innings in 2017. He hasn’t posted a sub-4.00 ERA since his 2014 run with the Angels, likely due in part to the time he spent rehabbing another bout of hip inflammation and tight nerves in his neck.

According to comments made by club manager Andy Green on Saturday, Weaver is in San Diego “working on his health,” though a career comeback is starting to seem unlikely at this point. The right-hander is owed $3 million through the 2017 season after signing a one-year contract with the Padres in February.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.