“There’s a growing expectation from rival execs that Jon Lester is going to be traded before [the July] deadline,” ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link), and the Dodgers are seen as the likeliest candidate to add the Red Sox left-hander. Los Angeles has shown interest in Lester, though there were conflicting reports yesterday about whether the two sides had actually seriously discussed a trade. Here’s some more news surrounding the defending World Series champs… The Royals, Dodgers and Nationals are the latest known suitors for reliever Andrew Miller, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes and Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com. (Edes reported the Royals’ interest while Gammons reported on the two NL teams.) Boston is known to be shopping Miller, with the Braves and Pirates also amongst the clubs checking in on the lefty. Miller has posted an outstanding 2.45 ERA, 14.5 K/9 and 5.0 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 relief innings for the Sox this season. Also from Gammons, several other teams were interested in Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, the two ex-Giants prospects obtained by the Red Sox in the Jake Peavy trade. Two different rival executives told Gammons they tried to get Hembree as a future set-up man, while Escobar’s stock was higher before he began his tough season at Triple-A.
Tom Glavine was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday for a number of reasons — 305 victories among them. And it was his practice of playing keep away that enabled him to produce a career that was Cooperstown-worthy.
Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Yankees have outrighted pitcher Chris Leroux, according to MiLB.com. They designated him for assignment on Friday. Leroux has posted a 5.08 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 28 1/3 innings this season for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Nationals have released left-hander Zach Jackson from their Triple-A affiliate, per the International League’s transactions page. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal with Washington in January, came out of the bullpen 26 times for Syracuse this season posting a line of 6.06 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 10.9 H/9. The 31-year-old last pitched in a MLB game in 2009 when he made three appearances (one start) for the Indians, who acquired him the year before in the CC Sabathia trade. Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, nine players remain in DFA limbo: Esmil Rogers (Blue Jays), Juan Carlos Oviedo (Rays), George Kottaras (Cardinals), Jim Johnson (A’s), Matt Guerrier (Twins), Darwin Barney (Cubs), Tony Gwynn Jr. (Phillies), and Jose De Paula and Nick Noonan (Giants). Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.
Ryan Howard’s wild week culminated Sunday in a 4-2 victory over Arizona at Citizens Bank Park, where he hit a two-run home run in the first inning and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a controversial play at the plate to give the Phillies a rare series victory.
Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Nationals have released left-hander Zach Jackson from their Triple-A affiliate, per the International League’s transactions page. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal with Washington in January, came out of the bullpen 26 times for Syracuse posting a line of 6.06 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 10.9 H/9. The 31-year-old last pitched in a MLB game in 2009 when he made three appearances (one start) for the Indians, who acquired him the year before in the CC Sabathia trade. Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, ten players are in DFA limbo: Esmil Rogers (Blue Jays), Juan Carlos Oviedo (Rays), George Kottaras (Cardinals), Chris Leroux (Yankees), Jim Johnson (A’s), Matt Guerrier (Twins), Darwin Barney (Cubs), Tony Gwynn Jr. (Phillies), and Jose De Paula and Nick Noonan (both by the Giants).
Troy Tulowitzki, one day after his name was misspelled on a Rockies’ T-shirt giveaway, is at Yankee Stadium taking in New York’s game against Toronto. Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia yesterday for a second opinion on his left hip flexor strain, which landed him on the disabled list, reports MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. The doctor’s visit (Harding tweets it’s for a dry needling procedure to promote healing) is in of itself routine, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports notes Tulowitzki being at the Yankees’ game is no accident after the spelling snafu adding the Rockies cannot be happy their All-Star shortstop is attending another team’s game while on the DL and this sort of thing can lead to an eventual trade (Twitter links).
1B/OF Mike Carp has requested to the Red Sox that they trade him, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets. Abraham notes that Carp spoke to the Red Sox soon after the All-Star break, but the news of that discussion arrives just after the last-place Sox began trading veterans by sending Jake Peavy to the Giants. Carp has hit poorly in limited opportunities this season, batting .215/.337/.304 in 95 plate appearances. Mike Napoli has hit well for the Sox at first base, but no one in the outfield has hit much, and the Red Sox still haven’t found much playing time for Carp. A contender could see Carp as an interesting buy-low bench candidate, but his trade value surely is limited at this point. He had a breakout season in 2013, hitting .296/.362/.523 in a part-time role.
The Rays have designated reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez has changed agents from SPS Sports Group to Rick Thurman of Beverly Hills Sports Council, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. Perez is in the midst of a very long and team-friendly extension signed unusually early in his career. He’s making $1.5MM in 2014 and his under Royals control through 2019, with team options the last three years of just $3.75MM, $5MM and $6MM for the last three seasons.
We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here. The Angels have signed pitcher Randy Wolf to a minor league deal, according to MiLB.com. Wolf has had a busy season — he was released by the Mariners near the end of spring training, opted out of his deal with the Diamondbacks, was signed and then designated for assignment by the Marlins, and then opted out of a deal with the Orioles. He appeared in six games with Miami, allowing 15 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings.