The Marlins are in agreement with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie on a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). He’ll head to Triple-A New Orleans for the time being and hope to emerge as an option for the Miami rotation down the line. Guthrie, a client of Excel Sports, had opted out of a minor league contract with the Padres earlier this month. Miami has been on the lookout for rotation help as of late, and while Guthrie is no lock to immediately strengthen the Marlins’ starting staff, he’ll give them an experienced arm to add to the depth chart. Guthrie has never been mistaken for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, but he was a highly dependable mid-rotation piece from 2007-14 when he pitched to a 4.18 ERA with 5.3 K/9 against 2.5 BB/9 in 1579 1/3 innings for the Orioles, Rockies and Royals. While his brief half-season with the Rockies was unsightly, Guthrie was otherwise a durable and useful rotation cog prior to a down season in 2015. While he won a World Series ring with Kansas City last year, he lost his rotation spot partway through the season and ultimately turned in a career-worst 5.95 ERA in 148 1/3 innings
Sparked by one rookie on the mound and another in right field, the Pirates beat the seemingly unbeatable Clayton Kershaw on Sunday night at PNC Park, riding a four-run second inning to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers.
Terry Sims was just eight picks away from $5.6 million, but bad luck on Sunday ended his record-tying 49-game run in MLB.com’s Beat the Streak contest.
The Twins briefly turned Yankee Stadium into a launchpad in the sixth inning of Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees, with Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler hitting back-to-back-to-back homers off right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is due to begin long tossing Monday for the first time since the Mets shut him down last week due to right elbow discomfort. Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, was subsequently diagnosed with nerve irritation, but no further structural damage.
History has been the centerpiece all weekend at Great American Ball Park, as the Reds have honored the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series winner, inducted Pete Rose into the club’s Hall of Fame and retired his No. 14. The sold-out crowds of fans haven’t been the only ones watching with interest.
Here’s the latest hot stove buzz from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe… The Royals and Indians are among the teams looking at Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia. Kansas City has a void at third base with Mike Moustakas out for the season, and Valencia is a known quantity, having played for the team in 2014. The Tribe have also received below-replacement level production at the hot corner all season, though Jose Ramirez has played well splitting time between third and left field. Valencia could perhaps be a better fit for Cleveland in left given his rough defensive metrics (-13 Defensive Runs Saved, -26.9 UZR.150) at third base this season, though his bat certainly plays for either the Indians or Royals. Valencia is hitting .333/.381/.552 with 11 homers over 218 PA for the A’s, though that comes with the caveat of a .373 BABIP. The Mets are another team known to have interest in Valencia, though their subsequent signing of Jose Reyes may have addressed their infield needs. While Valencia is a right-handed bat, Cafardo notes in another item that “the Royals seem to be in on every left-handed hitter.” K.C.
Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere: Chin Music Baseball names five players who have taken significant steps backward since starting the season in red-hot fashion. Other League details the changes Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has made this year. Baseball Hot Corner defends ex-Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. PhoulBallz interviews Phillies pitching prospect Luke Leftwich as well as his father and grandfather. The latter two pitched in the majors, which means Leftwich will become the second third-generation hurler in MLB history if he makes it. Think Blue Planning Committee addresses how the Dodgers can improve at this year’s trade deadline. World Series Dreaming ponders if the Cubs should move righty Jason Hammel to the bullpen. Blue Jay Hunter sees big money in designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s future. Inside the ’Zona examines the success of Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler and tries to find another Ziegler-type pitcher the D-backs could target.
The Cardinals have removed Trevor Rosenthal as closer, one night after he blew his third save opportunity of the season.