The Royals have released veteran right-hander Brad Penny, who was in camp on a minor league deal, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter). Penny was signed back in January and stood to earn a $1MM base salary with another $1.5MM available via incentives if he made the team. However, the right-hander was hit hard in a pair of Spring Training appearances, yielding seven runs on 13 hits (two homers) and a walk with just one strikeout in four innings of work. The former National League All-Star hasn’t appeared in the Majors since a 28-inning stint with the Giants in 2012, and he’s posted just a 5.41 ERA over his past 209 2/3 big league innings. He has a 4.26 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 1899 career innings at the Major League level between the Marlins, Dodgers, Giants, Tigers, Red Sox and Cardinals
Baseball isn’t held in the same esteem in Australia as cricket and “footy,” but it has a grand history Down Under, dating far back into the 19th century and into the modern day, as dozens of Aussies have been making it to the Major Leagues.
As has been previously discussed on MLBTR, the MLB collective bargaining agreement contains a provision that allows certain free agents who are signed to minor league contracts to receive a $100K retention bonus if they do not receive a binding promise to be added to the team’s 25-man roster (or the Major League disabled list) five days prior to the season. If the team decides to pay the retention bonus, the player also receives a June 1st opt-out clause. Contracts can permissibly include terms that are more favorable to the player, such as greater retention bonuses and/or earlier opt-out clauses. For the current season, MLBTR’s TIm Dierkes tweets, decisions must be made by March 17th for the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, and by March 25th for the rest of the league. Last year, numerous XX(B) free agents received either a roster guarantee or a bonus. Two categories of free agents are eligible for this distinction: (1) those who have at least six years of Major League service time and had a Major League contract expire at the end of the previous season; and (2) those coming off of MLB deals that were signed when they were at least 23 years of age and had seen action in five seasons in one of the major international leagues. In either case, the player must sign his minor league deal ten or more days prior to Opening Day to qualify. Here is a list of this year’s crop of Article XX(B) free agents, as of today
The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors, so the team would be at risk of losing them in attempting to do so. I’ve included players on multiyear deals. This list was compiled through MLBTR’s sources. Next, we’ll take a look at the NL West. Diamondbacks: Randall Delgado, Matt Tuiasosopo, Marcos Mateo (Rule 5) With the Diamondbacks beginning their season on March 22nd in Australia against the Dodgers, both teams will deal with a unique set of roster rules, as outlined by MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert last month
Veteran reliever Sean Burnett continues to feel good through every step of his rehabilitation from August forearm surgery, but the Angels are taking a cautious approach that could have him on the disabled list by the time Opening Day rolls around on March 31.
D-backs pitcher Brandon McCarthy took some time prior to Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Royals to field questions from fans via social media and a live video stream in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.
D-backs right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday, was diagnosed with a slight bulging disc. Arroyo underwent an MRI on Tuesday afternoon and was given an epidural Wednesday morning by team physician, Michael Lee.
Albert Pujols, coming off a season in which he was limited to 99 games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, has started at first base in four of the Angels’ six Cactus League games — and Wednesday was the most positive day so far.
They gathered Wednesday to remember a baseball man, a guy who had spent 53 years in the game. And for so much more. They dropped what they were doing and traveled to Bright House Field from far and wide to remember Jim Fregosi as a friend and a colleague and a mentor.
It’s been more than four months since the Red Sox and Cardinals faced each other in the Fall Classic. In one of nine MLB.TV games slated for Wednesday, the two clubs will square off for the first time since Boston won Game 6 of the World Series.