Storylines: Trade rumors are heating up
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Thursday, June 12.
- The Indians stuck to their plan and activated first baseman Nick Swisher from the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Red Sox. In order to activate Swisher, the Indians placed 43-year-old veteran Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee. This marks the third trip to the DL this season for Giambi, who has twice been shelved when the Tribe was in a roster crunch.
- With catchers Yan Gomes and George Kottaras on the roster, Carlos Santana can stick to paying first and third base, along with some designated-hitter duties, for now. Santana (Cleveland's usual backup catcher) recently came back from a concussion, which was the second he has suffered in his career.
- The Indians plan on having right-hander Zach McAllister make one more Minor League rehab start before potentially rejoining the Major League rotation. Prior to Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Terry Francona noted that McAllister is scheduled to log 65 pitches in an outing with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. That puts McAllister in line with lefty T.J. House, who took over for the sidelined righty and is slated to start for the Tribe on Saturday in Boston.
News and Notes:
- Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com wrote that Ben Zobrist is "the perfect acquisition for a team like the Tigers, Giants, or Dodgers."
- ESPN's Buster Olney said that he heard the Cubs will approach this year's deadline as they did in 2013, dealing one pitcher early as they did with Scott Feldman last year and waiting until later to move a second, as they did with Matt Garza. Presumably, that'd mean Jason Hammel would be moved first, with Jeff Samardzija being moved later. Olney listed the Blue Jays, the Orioles and the Athletics as teams that could have early interest in Hammel, and he wondered if the recent injuries to the Pirates' rotation would cause them to jump into the mix.
- Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reminded readers of a potentially dangerous clause for the Rangers in Darvish's contract: if Darvish wins a Cy Young Award at any point in 2012-16 and finishes in 2nd-4th place in another of those seasons, the final year of his contract becomes a player option. Darvish finished second in last year's voting, meaning that if he wins the Cy Young Award in any of the next four years, he can opt out of his deal one year early. As Grant noted, the team's short-term gains could result in some long-term damage. Darvish fired his first career shutout last night to drop his ERA to 2.11.
- Trevor Cahill has been optioned to the Diamondbacks' Single-A Advanced affiliate, the club announced. He took the ball as the starter for Visalia last night, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported, which confirms both that he has accepted the assignment and that he will look to stretch out again as a starter.
- Alfredo Despaigne has been hit with a lifetime ban by the Mexican League, Ben Badler of Baseball America repored. The news will not, however, impact any future moves by Despaigne to establish himself as a major league free agent, as MLB informed Badler that it does not have an agreement to honor Mexican League suspensions.
- The Diamondbacks have claimed infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco off waivers from the Rockies, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. The Diamondbacks also designated utilityman Nick Evans for assignment to make room for Pacheco.
- The Diamondbacks, who feature a roster with several attractive veteran pieces, have also been widely noted for their abundance of quality young middle infielders. As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported, current Triple-A shortstop Nick Ahmed has sparked interest from multiple other clubs. Ahmed, 24, is known as an outstanding defensive player and has enjoyed his most productive season at the plate this year.
- The Marlins scratched top prospect Andrew Heaney from last night's start, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald wrote that fans shouldn't read too much into the move. Marlins VP of player development Marty Scott told Spencer that the move is just a precaution against having to shut Heaney down in September and isn't related to a current call-up.
- The White Sox acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations, the Jays' Triple-A affiliate (Buffalo Bisons) announced.
- The Cubs agreed to ink catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reported.
Draft Signing Updates:
- The Athletics agreed to sign first-round choice Matt Chapman, MLB.com's Jim Callis reported. Chapman will receive a $1.75 million bonus that falls about $148,000 shy of the 25th slot's bonus allocation.
- Second-round draft selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller will receive a $1 million bonus, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis. That means that Pittsburgh will have to account for a $113.2K overage, which is less than the team saved in signing first-rounder Cole Tucker.
- The Rays reached an agreement with second-round selection Cameron Varga on an over-slot $1.1 million bonus plus $200,000 in scholarship money, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported. The assigned value for Varga's No. 60 slot had been $943,000, according to Baseball America.
- The Angels reached an agreement with second-round pick Joe Gatto on a $1.2 million bonus — nearly $200,000 over the $1.0506 million slot value of the No. 53 selection — according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
- The Marlins are "in advanced negotiations" with second overall pick Tyler Kolek, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported. With the sides nearing agreement, a deal is expected to be official within days.
- The Athletics have reached deals with four of the club's ten first-round selections, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Among them is second-round (65th overall) choice Daniel Gossett, who got a $750,000 bonus that falls $123,000 under the assigned slot value.
- The Diamondbacks have agreed to a below-slot bonus with competitive balance round B selection Isan Diaz, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reported. Diaz got $750,000, meaning that Arizona will save about $58,600 as against the slot assignment for the 70th overall choice. The club also added fourth-round pick, Brent Jones, for $350,000, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. That falls $82,300 below the assigned slot for the 120th overall selection, which combines with the savings on Diaz to free about $141,000 to put towards other selections.