Irving Falu Rumors

Brewers Claim Irving Falu, Designate Kevin Shackelford

The Brewers have claimed infielder Irving Falu off waivers from the Padres, the club announced. Milwaukee designated righty Kevin Shackelford for assignment to create roster space.

Falu spent about three weeks in the San Diego organization after he was claimed from the Brewers in late June. Now, he’ll head back to Milwaukee, where he signed over the offseason after 11 seasons with the Royals. On the year, Falu has just three hits in 35 MLB plate appearances but owns a .306/.364/.361 triple-slash (with seven stolen bases against six unsuccessful attempts) over 170 trips to the plate at Triple-A. He’ll be headed back down, as the club announced that he has been optioned.

Shackleford, 25, made it onto the club’s 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. But after dominating High-A hitters earlier this year, he has struggled to a 6.35 ERA through 28 1/3 Double-A frames with just 3.2 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9. (In 29 1/3 innings at the level last year, he managed a 0.92 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9.)

Padres Notes: GM Search, Falu

With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Padres search to fill their GM vacancy will be front and center in San Diego. Tom Krasovic of the Union Tribune offers his thoughts on the Friars’ GM hunt.

  • Larry Beinfest – the first candidate officially interviewed for the position – has previous experience with a similar low-to-mid budget team – the Miami Marlins. Beinfest’s best attribute may be his “flair for administrative detail.”
  • Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler makes for an interesting candidate because he’s well connected around the league. That should assist him in building a successful staff.
  • Other names mentioned by Krasovic include former Cubs GM Jim Hendry, Twins VP of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff, former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, and Dodgers VP of Amateur Scouting Logan White.
  • In an unrelated bit of Padres news, the club has selected the contract of utility man Irving Falu and optioned infielder Jace Peterson. Falu, who was claimed from the Brewers earlier this week, is a career .303/.333/.384 hitter over 107 major league plate appearances. The 31-year-old had no hits in 12 plate appearances for the Brewers this season, but performed well in Triple-A.

Padres Claim Irving Falu From Brewers

The Padres have claimed utilityman Irving Falu off waivers from the Brewers, reports’s Adam McCalvy (via Twitter). With the move, the club has opened a spot on its 40-man roster.

Falu, 31, saw only 12 hitless plate appearances with Milwaukee this season, and has just 107 career MLB plate appearances. He has spent the vast majority of the past six seasons (including this one) at the Triple-A level, where he owns a lifetime .284/.343/.365 line over 2,671 plate appearances. Falu has spent most of his time as a middle infielder, though he also has a significant number of games under his belt at third base and right field.

Minor Moves: Feliciano, Falu, Sandoval, Gimenez

Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB:

  • The Cardinals have agreed to sign lefty Pedro Feliciano to a minor-league deal, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets. MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo tweeted last week that the two sides were close to a deal. Feliciano, 37, served as a LOOGY for the Mets during part of the 2013 season, pitching 25 appearances but only 11 1/3 innings and striking out nine batters while walking six. He has only pitched for the Mets in a big-league career that spans parts of nine seasons.
  • The Brewers have purchased the contract of infielder Irving Falu and optioned pitcher Jimmy Nelson to Class AAA Nashville, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes. After outrighting Jeff Bianchi to make room for Nelson yesterday, the Brewers wanted another infielder for their bench. Falu, 30, signed with the Brewers in December as a minor-league free agent. He has a career .337/.366/.427 line in 95 career big-league plate appearances, all with the Royals. He was hitting .288/.349/.341 in 156 plate appearances for Nashville.
  • The Rays have released right-hander Juan Sandoval, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Sandoval, who is completely blind in his right eye, has appeared in 14 games (1 start) for Triple-A Durham this year pitching to a 3.12 ERA, 5.2 K/9, and 4.8 BB/9 in 26 innings. The 33-year-old has yet to reach the Majors.
  • The Blue Jays have acquired catcher Hector Gimenez from the White Sox, according to the International League transactions page. Gimenez has struggled in Triple-A this season slashing .109/.234/.182 in 64 plate appearances for Charlotte. The 31-year-old saw his most extensive MLB action last year appearing in 26 games for the White Sox batting .191/.275/.338 in 80 plate appearances.
  • Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, a pair of Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez and Phil Irwin) and a pair of Padres (Billy Buckner and Blaine Boyer) remain in DFA limbo.

Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.