Daniel Flores C BOS 2 weeks ago
Flores has passed away due to complications from cancer, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
This is truly tragic news, as Flores had just turned 17 and had a very bright future ahead of him. He signed with the Red Sox for $3.1 million during this year's July 2 international signing period and had garnered comparisons to Gary Sanchez.
OUTMark Canha OF OAK 2 weeks ago
Canha had surgery on his right wrist to remove a cyst Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Canha should be all healed up and ready to go by the time spring training rolls around, barring any sort of setback that stems from this procedure. During the 2017 season, the outfielder played in 57 big-league games for the A's, slashing .208/.262/.382 with five home runs and 14 RBI.
Adam Kolarek RP FA 2 weeks ago
Kolarek agreed to a minor-league deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kolarek appeared in 12 big-league games for the Rays this past season, allowing six earned runs off nine hits and four walks while striking out four in 8.1 innings of relief work. The 28-year-old spent most of the season in Triple-A Durham, where he posted a 1.65 ERA and 46:16 K:BB in 41 games, and will likely begin the 2018 season back with the Bulls.
Armando Rivero SP FA 2 weeks ago
Rivero was released by Atlanta on Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Rivero didn't spend any time on the mound this season due to a shoulder injury, and was released by the Braves after being selected in the Rule 5 draft last December. Looking forward, the 29-year-old strikeout machine will look to latch on with another organization. During his time with Triple-A Iowa in 2016 while in the Cubs' system, he posted a 2.13 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 67.2 relief innings.
Kevin Quackenbush RP FA 2 weeks ago
Quackenbush signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Quackenbush has spent his entire professional career with the Padres since being drafted in 2011, but will look to make his mark in Cincinnati after electing free agency after the 2017 season. During 20 relief appearances with San Diego this past year, the right-hander allowed 23 earned runs off 32 hits in just 26.1 innings, and sported a 23:16 K:BB. He could wind up starting the 2018 season in Triple-A Louisville, but should work his way up to the big-league bullpen at some point.
Michael Tonkin RP FA 2 weeks ago
Tonkin's rights were sold to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball by the Twins on Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Tonkin is expected to serve as the closer for the team moving forward, and will receive a guaranteed deal of $2.1 million over the next two years. The right-hander only appeared in 16 games after pitching in 65 for the Twins in 2016, and didn't do much to warrant any real fantasy upside, as he accumulated a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 21 innings out of the club's bullpen.
OUTRubby De La Rosa P ARI 2 weeks ago
De La Rosa (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
De La Rosa was recently released by Arizona on Sept. 1 in order to free up a 40-man roster spot, but will rejoin the organization heading into the 2018 campaign. But the right-hander is unlikely to see any time on the mound this upcoming season after undergoing Tommy John surgery -- for the second time -- in late August. As of now, expect that De La Rosa will miss the entire season, but there should be a more concise timetable by the spring training.
Vidal Nuño RP FA 2 weeks ago
Nuno signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Nuno spent the 2017 season within the Orioles' system, and wound up playing in 12 games for the big-league team. During those appearances, he posted a 10.43 ERA and 2.25 WHIP over 14.2 innings. He will likely see more time in Triple-A Durham next season, unless he's able to show that he can still be a viable reliever in the majors.
OUTYimi Garcia RP LAD 2 weeks ago
Garcia will be in the Dodgers' bullpen mix in 2018, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Garcia missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to be good to go for the start of spring training next season. The 27-year-old owns a 3.12 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 81:12 K:BB in 75 innings across parts of three major-league seasons. He'll compete for an Opening Day bullpen job; even if he doesn't break camp with the big club, he should see some big-league action.
Zach Vincej 3B SEA 2 weeks ago
Vincej was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
Vincej, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds last week, will stick in Seattle as organizational depth after the team passed him through waivers untouched. The 26-year-old shortstop made his major-league debut in 2017, going 1-for-9 (.111) with a walk in nine appearances as a September call-up.