NL West Notes: Gutierrez, Uribe, Thomas, D-Backs

May 28, 2015 | No Comments

Giants right-hander Juan Gutierrez has a June 1 opt-out clause approaching in his contract that will allow him to request his release if he is not added to the 25-man roster, as MLBTR reported back at the end of Spring Training. The 31-year-old has struggled in some regards at Triple-A this season, as he’s posted a 4.94 ERA thus far. However, he’s posted a nice 21-to-8 K/BB ratio in that time and is sporting a 3.42 FIP, suggesting that he may have better results were it not for a .400 BABIP. Gutierrez worked to a 3.96 ERA with 6.2 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9 in 63 2/3 innings for the Giants’ big league club in 2014. A few more NL West items as the day’s games come to a close… Though Juan Uribe was choked up about leaving the Dodgers when interviewed by reporters following last night’s contest, president of baseball operations told reporters today that Uribe’s agent, Martin Arburua, had made it known earlier in the week that his client would welcome a trade (Twitter link via the Orange County Register’s Pedro Moura). Uribe, Friedman continued, had hoped for a situation that would allow him to play every day. He may very well have that opportunity with the Braves, though Atlanta does have Chris Johnson as an option at the hot corner as well. Also via Moura, Friedman told reporters that he’s tried on multiple occasions to acquire left-hander Ian Thomas from the Braves before landing him in this six-player trade.

Holliday’s on-base streak sets NL mark

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Matt Holliday hit his way into the record books during Wednesday night’s matchup with Arizona at Busch Stadium by singling in the fifth inning to become the first National League player to reach base in his first 43 games of a season.

Theo thinks the kids are all right

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The Cubs have three rookies in the lineup — Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler — and Theo Epstein likes how the kids are doing so far.

Trout enjoying Harper’s success from afar

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Mike Trout is enjoying watching Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper succeed. Harper and Trout — both really young, both really talented — have basically been compared to one another since playing on the same Arizona Fall League team in 2011.

Minor Moves: Hayes, Cordier, Romero

May 27, 2015 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor moves: Indians catcher Brett Hayes has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Twitter). Hayes was designated for assignment after Yan Gomes was activated from the disabled list, and he could have elected free agency rather than heading back to Triple-A. The Giants have outrighted reliever Erik Cordier after he cleared waivers, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweets. Cordier, 29, allowed just one earned run and struck out nine (versus two walks) in six MLB innings last year, but has yet to receive another MLB opportunity. The fireballing righty will return to Triple-A, where he carries a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings on the back of twenty strikeouts against eight walks. Cordier will have an opportunity to reject the assignment in preference for free agency. Third baseman Deibinson Romero has received his release from the Pirates to pursue an opportunity in Korea, as had been expected. The 28-year-old has been tearing up Triple-A thus far, and will now look to provide the same blend of power and patience to the KBO’s Doosan Bears.

Orioles announce signing of Cuba’s Miranda

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The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, a veteran in the mold of CC Sabathia who could make an appearance in Baltimore by season’s end.

Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

May 27, 2015 | No Comments

Never mind that Josh Hamilton got thrown out by five steps while trying to stretch a single into a double. Never mind that Hamilton’s Rangers were in the midst of a 12-3 defeat Wednesday at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. It was Hamilton’s first hit since returning to the Rangers two days prior — the first time he had gotten to run the bases in a regular season game since September of last year. He was going to have some fun with it.

Rally vs. Marlins ‘pen lifts Bucs to 6th straight

Rally vs. Marlins ‘pen lifts Bucs to 6th straight

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Led by another strong start from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rallied to score five runs with two outs in the seventh inning and beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Minor Moves: Erik Cordier, Deibinson Romero

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Here are the day’s minor moves: The Giants have outrighted reliever Erik Cordier after he cleared waivers, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweets. Cordier, 29, allowed just one earned run and struck out nine (versus two walks) in six MLB innings last year, but has yet to receive another MLB opportunity. The fireballing righty will return to Triple-A, where he carries a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings on the back of twenty strikeouts against eight walks. Cordier will have an opportunity to reject the assignment in preference for free agency. Third baseman Deibinson Romero has received his release from the Pirates to pursue an opportunity in Korea, as had been expected. The 28-year-old has been tearing up Triple-A thus far, and will now look to provide the same blend of power and patience to the KBO’s Doosan Bears.

Bumgarner truly among game’s elite pitchers

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Next up in the career progression for Madison Bumgarner would be a regular-season award. His work requires no further validations, but the National League Cy Young Award would seem to be completely appropriate.