The Mets have designated right-hander Tim Stauffer for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for infielder Matt Reynolds, the team told reporters, including the Record’s Matt Ehalt (Twitter link). The Mets needed to add Reynolds to bolster their shortstop depth after Ruben Tejada suffered a broken leg on a takeout slide from Chase Utley. Stauffer began the season with the Twins after signing a $2.2MM free-agent contract but struggled greatly before being released in May. The longtime Padres hurler went the indy ball route following his dismissal from Minnesota, and his sharp work with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League led to a look with the Mets. Stauffer was excellent at Triple-A with the Mets, but his Major League struggles were even more exaggerated upon being recalled (admittedly, in a smaller sample)
The Cubs announced that they have designated Tsuyoshi Wada for assignment, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com tweets. The move will help create room for Taylor Teagarden on the 40-man roster. Wada, 34 (35 in February), is set to hit the open market this offseason. Signed to a one-year, $4MM deal with Chicago in 2015, Wada only made seven starts and one relief appearance this past season. Overall, he posted a 3.62 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. In the year prior, the left-hander made 13 starts and pitched his way to a 3.25 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.
Here are the day’s minor moves: The Angels announced today that infielder Grant Green has cleared outright waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A. Green, 28, was designated for assignment just before the end of the regular season. He was once a prized young player, and continues to perform in the upper minors, but has slashed just .249/.283/.335 over an even 300 career plate appearances. Notably, the move does not necessarily mean that Los Angeles will be able to stash Green in the minors. Now that he’s off of the 40-man, he’ll be eligible for minor league free agency.
The White Sox have outrighted catcher Adrian Nieto off the club’s 40-man roster, per a club announcement (h/t to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, on Twitter). After also losing Junior Guerra via waiver claim, the team has three open 40-man slots. Nieto, 25, was taken from the Nationals in the pre-2014 Rule 5 draft. The White Sox carried him all year, even as he slashed .236/.296/.340 over 118 plate appearances. That earned the team permanent rights over the Cuban native. Known as a defensively-gifted backstop who would need work at the plate, Nieto did not take much of a step forward in 2015. Optioned to Double-A to start the year, he put up a .207/.344/.316 slash line with five home runs over 315 plate appearances. Nieto did carry a strong 16.5% walk rate, but was retired 24.4% of the time via strikeout as well.
The Brewers have claimed righty Junior Guerra off waivers from the White Sox, per a club announcement (hat tip to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, on Twitter). To create roster space, Milwaukee has designated catcher Nevin Ashley for assignment.
The Angels will announce tomorrow that Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler will be their next GM, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Eppler will replace Jerry Dipoto, who resigned in July. The Angels were, of course, eliminated from playoff contention today, so they won’t be playing the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal noted yesterday that the possibility of an Angels/Yankees matchup might be one reason the Angels were waiting to officially hire a top Yankees executive. The Angels had been connected to a number of other candidates, including Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes (who had reportedly been the other top candidate), Blue Jays assistant Tony La Cava, Indians VP of player personnel Ross Atkins, Rangers assistant Thad Levine, Mariners farm director Chris Gwynn, and internal candidates Hal Morris, Matt Klentak and Scott Servais. Several reports, however, had previously named Eppler as the front-runner.
Giants left-hander Jeremy Affeldt will retire after the 2015 season, the team announced today via press release. Affeldt, 36, has enjoyed a 14-year career at the Major League level, the past seven of which have come as a member of the Giants’ bullpen. He’s helped the team capture three World Series Championships in that time and recorded a 3.07 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 10 saves in 360 1/3 innings. Originally selected in the third round of the 1997 draft by the Royals, Affeldt debuted with Kansas City in 2002 as a 23-year-old and spent the next three seasons splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. He was traded to the Rockies at the deadline in 2006, and though he struggled to a 6.91 ERA in his first 27 1/3 innings with Colorado, Affeldt went on to enjoy very strong seasons there in 2007-08. In that time, he worked to a 3.41 ERA in 137 1/3 innings of relief despite pitching roughly half of his games in one of MLB’s most notorious hitters’ havens. All told, Affeldt logged 924 2/3 innings as a Major Leaguer, posting a 43-46 record to go along with 28 saves, 141 holds, a 3.97 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 52.4 percent ground-ball rate.
The Angels have signed veteran starter Mat Latos, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. Latos will not be eligible for postseason play, but he can pitch for the Angels the rest of the season.
Here are today’s minor moves … Giants outfielder Daniel Carbonell has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Carbonell was recently designated for assignment to free up 40-man space. It’s not terribly surprising that he cleared, as he is still in the midst of the four-year, $3.5MM deal that he signed with San Francisco as an international free agent out of Cuba. The 24-year-old advanced to Double-A this year after putting up solid-enough numbers in the lower minors, but sputtered to a .146/.173/.194 slash in 214 plate appearances there.
The Phillies have extended the contract of manager Pete Mackanin through next season, according to a team announcement. Philadelphia will also add a club option for the 2017 campaign. Mackanin stepped in mid-year for the basement-dwelling Phils amidst significant organizational turmoil. When then-skipper Ryne Sandberg resigned in late June, Mackanin was given dugout duties on an interim basis. Not long thereafter, Philadelphia brought in new president Andy MacPhail and ultimately fired GM Ruben Amaro Jr. While the general manager’s seat remains open, the Phillies apparently decided that they had seen enough positive results from Mackanin to keep him as the top uniformed personnel member. Philly is just 30-46 under Mackanin’s leadership, which isn’t much better than they were with Sandberg, but the team was never expected to contend and has also dealt with the loss of several more key veterans. Of course, Philadelphia is less concerned with immediate results than it is with development at this stage, and Mackanin has overseen a fairly promising arrival of younger players