The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed lefty reliever Henry Owens off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Owens, 25, posted a 5.19 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 44 walks in 85 innings between 2015 and 2016 for the Red Sox. Based on that he spent all of last season in the minors, compiling a 4.21 ERA between Double-A Portland (57 innings) and Triple-A Pawtucket (69 innings).
Owens was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2013-15 seasons but has had serious command issues. The Diamondbacks claimed Owens from the Sox just two weeks ago, but found a much better option for the pen in Yoshihisa Hirano, who they signed today, necessitating Owens’ waiver.
The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.
Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.