Minor Deals: Swaggerty, Cruz, Brewers, Pirates

Teams are making procedural moves left and right as they finalize their Opening Day rosters. Here's the latest on some minor deals from around the majors…

  • The Royals granted minor league left-hander Ben Swaggerty his release, according to MLB Reports (on Twitter). The 28-year-old has a 3.35 ERA with 10.4 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in four minor league seasons as a reliever.
  • The Rangers signed Luis Cruz after the Brewers released him, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). The infielder is playing short for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate tonight.
  • The Brewers released a number of minor leaguers besides Cruz and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has all the details.
  • The Pirates are "looking hard" into an external move, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Twitter links). Pittsburgh would like to add pitching.

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12 Comments on "Minor Deals: Swaggerty, Cruz, Brewers, Pirates"

4 years 5 months ago

I wish my last name was Swaggerty…

4 years 5 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing.

4 years 5 months ago

I say the Angels give Scott Kazmir to the Pirates for a picture of Honus Wagner.

4 years 5 months ago

Even the Pirates aren’t that desperate.

4 years 5 months ago

the Pirates should go after Kevin Slowey the Pittsburgh guy, im a little uneasy about the possibility of signing Carlos Silva

4 years 5 months ago

If the Pirates wanted Slowey they’d better be willing to trade away Hanrahan and probably another prospect. The Twins look contempt at keeping him and I, as a Twins fan, wouldn’t mind keeping him either. He has looked fantastic in Spring and his fastball as a reliever is 93-94 with great control. He reminds me of a better Matt Guerrier.

4 years 5 months ago

Buc wont go after slowey the twins r asking too much thts why they r prob gonna pick some one up via free agents

4 years 5 months ago

They could go after Slowey. And in my comment I said “If the Pirates wanted Slowey.”

4 years 5 months ago

Anybody know why Swaggerty was released? Those numbers are pretty good and he’s a lefty, which is always a plus.

4 years 5 months ago

Is Ben Sheets Available?

4 years 5 months ago

It appears that the Pirates were “looking hard” at Tim Wood … apparently no double entendre was intended.

But seriously, unless it’s a minor league contract I wish they’d looked elsewhere.

eugene tober
4 years 4 months ago

If the the Bucs are seriously trading Doumit, through two games his only value is as a DH. His defense is absolutelely abysmal.