Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent reliever Blake Parker is expected to sign with the Twins. UPDATE: Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year deal worth “slightly more than $3 million.”
Parker was non-tendered by the Angels at the end of November. It was a surprising move, as Parker had an excellent 2017 and then, last year pitched pretty well, notching 14 saves and posting a 3.26 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, and 9.5 SO/9 through 66 1/3 innings. The Angels, apparently, didn’t feel like going to arbitration with him, so their loss will be the Twins gain.
Parker, at the moment anyway, would stand to have a decent chance at being the Twins closer in 2019.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.