Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Trades Athletics – acquired C Geovany Soto from Rangers for cash considerations Yankees – acquired P Josh Outman from Indians for a PTBNL or cash considerations Phillies – acquired P Victor Arano from Dodgers to complete the Roberto Hernandez trade Athletics – acquired C Bryan Anderson from Reds for a portion of their international bonus pool spending rights Indians – acquired C Chris Gimenez from Rangers for future considerations Claimed Diamondbacks – OF Nolan Reimold (from Blue Jays – link) Royals – INF Jayson Nix (from Pirates – link) Pirates – P Bobby LaFromboise (from Padres – link) Designated For Assignment Royals – P Bruce Chen (link) Yankees – P Rich Hill (link) Tigers – P Jose Ortega (link) Blue Jays – P Sergio Santos (link) Orioles – INF Cord Phelps (link) Outrighted Pirates – INF Tommy Field (link) Angels – P Dane De La Rosa (link), P Wade LeBlanc (link) Phillies – INF Reid Brignac (link) Released Diamondbacks – OF Xavier Paul (link), P Lucas Harrell (link) Rangers – P Phil Irwin (link) Key Minor League Signings Yankees – OF Chris Young (link)
With one swing of the bat, Jake Lamb saved Arizona from a completely frustrating Friday night, as his first career grand slam led the D-backs past the Rockies, 5-2, at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks announced that they have released outfielder Xavier Paul in order to clear a roster spot for Nolan Reimold, who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays yesterday. Paul inked a minor league deal with the D’Backs earlier this month, as MLBTR’s Zach Links reported, and his contract was promptly selected from Triple-A Reno. The veteran outfielder picked up 21 plate appearances with Arizona, collecting a pair of singles and a walk along the way. Paul’s best seasons at the plate came with the Reds from 2012-13, when he batted .264/.350/.420 with nine homers in 334 plate appearances in a part-time role. Overall, he’s a lifetime .250/.311/.368 hitter in 767 PA with the Dodgers, Reds, Pirates and D’Backs
The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the Majors in 2011 when he split the season between the D’Backs and Angels. Branyan hit .197/.295/.370 with just five homers in 146 PA that year.
Who will have a better big league career with the Mets, Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler? Which Arizona Fall League team is the most stacked? Jim Callis answers these questions and more in this week’s Inbox.
It’s definitely not the race the Rangers hoped to be leading in late August, but Texas is currently in position to land the first overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft. As you can follow on MLBTR’s Reverse Standings, the Rangers currently have the game’s worst record at 52-81, narrowly putting them “ahead” of the Rockies (53-80), Diamondbacks (55-78) and Astros (57-78). Houston, of course, is in line for two top-five draft choices since the team is already guaranteed the #2 pick in 2015 as compensation for failing to sign first overall selection Brady Aiken this past summer. Here’s the latest from Arlington… Colby Lewis wants to return next season and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News figures the team wouldn’t hesitate to re-sign him aside from the troubling issue of Lewis’ struggles at Globe Life Park. Lewis has a 7.17 ERA in 13 home starts this season, as opposed to a 3.69 ERA in 11 road starts. Overall in 2014, Lewis has a 5.44 ERA in 137 1/3 innings, though ERA predictors such as FIP (4.35), xFIP (4.30) and SIERA (4.15) indicate that he has been unlucky this year, possibly due to a .365 BABIP. The veteran right-hander returned to action this season after being sidelined since July 2012 due to injuries, and his minor league deal with Texas is up after the season. The Rangers have long been interested in Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Parker Bridwell and have attempted to acquire him several times over the last three years, MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports
There have been plenty of historic moments this season, but one under-the-radar chase of an MLB record came to a close today, as Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit set a new Major League record by retiring his 46th consecutive batter. Petit’s 46 batters came over a span of eight appearances and included an impressive 26 strikeouts. The 29-year-old will make for an interesting arbitration case this offseason if he remains in the San Francisco rotation going forward, as he’s quietly strung together a pair of excellent seasons after pitching just 4 2/3 innings in the Majors from 2010-12. Here’s more from the NL West… The man that Petit replaced in the Giants rotation, Tim Lincecum, is perhaps best suited to become a closer at this point in his career, writes Dave Cameron of Fangraphs. Cameron notes that the move to the bullpen would likely restore some of Lincecum’s lost velocity, but more importantly, he points out the stark contrast between Lincecum’s numbers with the bases empty and with men on base. Because of his struggles pitching from the stretch, Lincecum wouldn’t be a great fit to be a middle reliever that would inherit runners. Rather, pitching the ninth inning would give him as many opportunities to begin an inning with a clean slate as possible, Cameron writes. Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall was a guest of Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM today (audio link), and the Arizona executive discussed the hiring of Tony La Russa: “Tony’s been terrific. I’ve really enjoyed being with him every day and he’s put a lot of work into this and he’s motivated and he’s so competitive it is fun to watch each and every day.
The Diamondbacks announced, via press release, that they have claimed outfielder Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Blue Jays. CompletePhillyCoverage.com writer Seamus Doyle, who is Reimold’s cousin, first tweeted the claim. The 30-year-old Reimold, a long-time member of the Orioles, was designated for assignment by Baltimore in early July after spending the entire season prior to that point on the disabled list. The Blue Jays claimed him in hopes of receiving an offensive boost with Edwin Encarnacion on the shelf, but Reimold struggled in his time with Toronto, slashing just .212/.283/.404. Reimold has undergone two neck surgeries in addition to ankle operation in an injury-plagued career, and he’s also spent time on the DL with calf and hamstring injuries in the past two seasons. He owns a career .250/.324/.437 batting line, however, which translates to an OPS+ of 103, indicating that he’s been about three percent better than a league-average hitter when healthy.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed outfielder Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, as announced by D-backs general manager Kevin Towers. A corresponding move will be made prior to Friday’s game.
D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt saw his season come to a crashing halt on Aug. 1 when he was struck in the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri fastball. The injury has kept Goldschmidt off the field, but he has been determined to find ways to help his teammates.