Storylines: Sizemore designated for assignment by Red Sox
- This could potentially be the end to a roller coaster and once promising career for Grady Sizemore. The current Red Sox and former Indians outfielder was designated for assignment following their 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Sizemore was hitting .216 with 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 52 games. He started out red hot and slowly cooled off as the season went on. So far, no teams have shown any interest. Third basemen Garrin Cecchini has been recalled by the Red Sox to fill the void.
- The Indians have reached an agreement with first-round outfielder Bradley Zimmer. He was ranked as the 10th best prospect among all players in this year’s draft by MLB.com. His contract is worth $1.9 million, which is just under the $2M slot value of that position.
Other News and Notes
- According to David Hall of the Virginan-Pilot, the Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with lefty reliever Clay Rapada. Rapada recently played with the Indians in four games last year. This will be his second stint with the Orioles since 2011.
- Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reports that the Oakland Athletics have acquired lefty pitcher Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.
- The Baltimore Orioles have designated righty Josh Stinson for assignment. This move leads to the reactivation of righty starter Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez last pitched for Baltimore on May 30th before he landed on the DL with an oblique injury. He will get the start tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Detroit Tigers are not looking for a shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is the current shortstop for them who is hitting .346 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI. It was said the Tigers were talking to the Philadelphia Phillies about Jimmy Rollins, but those reports were denied.
- According to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have made their starters Jeff Samardzijaand Jason Hammel available for trade. Edwin Jackson and Jake Arrieta are the other pitchers they would be willing to listen to offers on.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Marmol might not return to the Cincinnati Reds at all this season after taking a “mental break” from baseball and leaving the team without permission. He is currently back in the Dominican Republic.
- Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the Minnesota Twins have officially released veteran Jason Kubel. The former Twin and Indians outfielder was hitting .224 with 1 home run and 13 RBI.
- According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Post Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers have signed veteran first basemen Carlos Pena to a minor league deal. This would mark his second stint with the team as he was drafted by them in 1998 in the first round.
- The Los Angeles Angels have brought back their lefty pitcher Wade Leblanc. He was originally on the New York Yankees roster, but was outrighted off of the 40 man.