Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have been letting teams know that 1B/3B Ryon Healy is available via trade.
Healy, 25, finished up the 2017 regular season batting .271/.302/.451 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 605 plate appearances. He spent close to equal time playing first base and third base. With the emergence of Matt Chapman and Matt Olson at the infield corners in the second half, Healy moved to DH. Chapman and Olson now make Healy expendable.
Healy won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season, so an acquiring team will have five years of team control. If the A’s do find a trade partner, they would likely make Khris Davis a full-time DH. Slusser notes the A’s are looking for relief pitching.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.