MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays are expected to sign pitcher Clay Buchholz. Specifics about the contract are not yet known.
Buchholz, 34, spent last year with the Diamondbacks, making 16 highly effective starts with a 2.01 ERA and an 81/22 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings. However, injuries have long been an issue for the right-hander. He missed the last three weeks of the 2018 regular season with a flexor strain. Prior to that, Buchholz dealt with a strained oblique.
The Jays also reportedly signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract on Thursday. While Norris is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, Buchholz will vie for a spot at the back of the Jays’ starting rotation.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.