OUTShawn Tolleson RP TEX 2 days ago
Tolleson (back) cleared outright waivers and has the option to decline an assignment to Triple-A and become a free agent, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.
A lower-back strain sidelined Tolleson in early August after a brief rehab stint, but it's not an injury that should impact his availability for spring training. He started 2016 as the Rangers' closer, but he is likely destined for a bullpen depth role if he returns or signs elsewhere.
OUTLucas Harrell P TEX 2 days ago
Harrell (groin) cleared outright waivers and has the option to decline an assignment to Triple-A and become a free agent, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.
He was on the 60-day DL at the end of the season with a right groin strain, but the injury is not expected to linger long into the offseason. Harrell was dreadful after being traded from Atlanta to Texas, posting a 5.60 ERA and 15:13 K:BB in 17.2 innings. Even his success with the Braves seemed dubious, as his 5.18 xFIP and 21:12 K:BB in 29.1 innings did not signify continued success. He should serve as a organizational depth piece, whether he accepts his assignment to Triple-A or goes elsewhere.
Josh Staumont RP KC 2 days ago
Staumont, who solved his ongoing struggle with inconsistent command in the second half of 2016, could be in the mix for a roster spot with the Royals in spring training, the Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals may opt to give Staumont more time to develop in the minors to begin the year, but one other path would be for him to work out of the bullpen to open 2017 with the hope of a transition to a starting role later in the season. Staumont can touch 100 mph with his fastball, and his success from late-August on with Double-A Northwest Arkansas included a six-start stretch with only 12 walks in 34.1 innings after he issued 96 walks in 89 frames between High-A and Double-A over the first four-and-a-half months of the season. Additionally, Staumont has posted an 11:4 K:BB in 10.1 innings on the mound in the Arizona Fall League in October.
Matthew Strahm P KC 2 days ago
Strahm will be in the mix for a starting rotation spot with the Royals during spring training, the Kansas City Star reports.
He pitched exceptionally well in the bullpen after being called up by the Royals in 2016, but general manager Dayton Moore is looking for internal candidates to round out the team's rotation. Strahm started 18 of the 22 games he pitched at Double-A in 2016, piling up a 107:23 K:BB in 102.1 innings with Northwest Arkansas. If he fails to win a job out of camp, the makeup of the Royals' bullpen may ultimately determine if Strahm remains stretched out as a member of the rotation at Omaha to begin the season.
OUTGreg Holland RP KC 2 days ago
Holland (elbow) should be healthy for the start of spring training in February, the Kansas City Star reports.
It remains to be seen where he will pitch in 2017, but Holland is more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery. The Royals had previously hoped to sign him to a two-year deal while he completed the rehab process, but that arrangement never happened and Holland resumed throwing from a mound in August. Holland had back-to-back seasons with a sub-1.50 ERA and an elite strikeout rate before he pitched with the torn UCL in 2015, and it's possible that he'll emerge as a closer again to begin the season if he lands in the right opportunity.
OUTJason Hammel SP CHC 2 days ago
Hammel (elbow) was left off the World Series roster, Bleacher Nation's Brett Taylor reports.
The fact that he was left off the roster could be health related, but he also doesn't make much sense as a bullpen option, given the Cubs' other options. There is a $10 million club option for Hammel next season, and it would cost them $2 million to buy him out.
Jake Smith SP SD 2 days ago
Smith has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
He's no longer on the 40-man roster, but Smith will likely open 2017 at Triple-A with the hope of returning to his 2015 levels of success with High-A San Jose (2.35 ERA, 0.84 WHIP) after a disappointing campaign split between the Giants and Padres organizations in 2016.
Jason Kipnis 2B/DH CLE 2 days ago
Kipnis (ankle) went 0-for-5 in Game 1 of the World Series.
He is dealing with a significant ankle sprain that would likely sideline him for at least a few games if this were the regular season. The Indians will presumably continue to roll with Kipnis, who will be heavily medicated, but it would not be surprising if his performance is not up to par due to the injury.
Jemile Weeks 2B SD 2 days ago
Weeks became a free agent after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
He played in 17 games for the Padres in 2016, spending a significant portion of the season on the DL with a hamstring injury. Weeks posted a .306/.405/.500 line in 10 games at Triple-A, and he'll likely end up in a competition for a roster spot elsewhere with a minor league deal this winter.
Jose Dominguez RP SD 2 days ago
Dominguez elected free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A by the Padres, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Dominguez tossed a career-high 35.2 innings at the big league level for the Padres in 2016, carrying a 5.05 ERA and 1.43 WHIP and striking out batters at a surprisingly low 5.0 K/9 clip despite a big fastball (average velocity: 96.0 mph). The hard-throwing right-hander will likely draw interest in the form of a minor league deal with another club this winter.