Josh Ravin Rumors

Dodgers Designate Eric Surkamp

The Dodgers have designated lefty Eric Surkamp for assignment, the club announced (via J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group, on Twitter).

Los Angeles needed his 40-man spot as part of a series of moves, as the team continues to turn over its bullpen. Yimi Garcia and Ian Thomas will head to Triple-A on optional assignment, while relievers Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin will ascend to the big league roster.

Surkamp, 27, appeared in just one game with the Dodgers this year, allowing four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one, but permitted two long balls.

Over parts of four big league seasons, Surkamp has only thrown 57 total frames at the MLB level. All said, he owns a 6.47 ERA with 5.8 K/9 against 4.9 BB/9. He has mostly worked from the pen in the majors, though he’s spent most of his minor league time as a starter.

It’s interesting to note the return of Tsao. The 34-year-old native of Taiwan last appeared in the bigs in 2007. In the interim, he found himself banned from his home country’s top league amid game-fixing allegations, as Joseph Yeh of the China Post details. Tsao has managed only a 4.40 ERA over 30 2/3 frames at Triple-A this year, but is carrying an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.4 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9.

Dodgers Designate David Huff For Assignment

Following the fist game of today’s double-header against the Rockies, the Dodgers announced that they have designated left-hander David Huff for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Additionally, catcher Austin Barnes has been optioned to Triple-A, and lefty Daniel Coulombe has been recalled in his place.

The 30-year-old Huff rejoined the Dodgers yesterday after making a spot start in April and being designated for assignment at that point as well. (Huff cleared waivers and remained in the Dodgers organization after being outrighted.) Huff worked a scoreless inning with a strikeout in today’s twin bill, but overall he’s yielded six runs on 11 hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings this year.

Huff has a good deal of Major League experience under his belt, as today’s frame was the 388th he’s pitched over the past seven seasons. Originally drafted 39th overall by the Indians in 2006, Huff debuted with Cleveland and pitched in parts of five seasons there (2009-13). Since that time, he’s appeared with the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers. Huff is no stranger to the DFA limbo in which he currently finds himself; this is the seventh time he’s been designated for assignment in his career.

The 27-year-old Ravin’s journey to the Majors has been a long one. A fifth-round pick of the Reds back in 2006, Ravin quickly found himself ranked 13th among Cincinnati farmhands by Baseball America. However, he struggled a great deal in the 2007 season and didn’t appear on another iteration of that top prospect list until 2012, when he ranked 31st. The Brewers claimed him off waivers in September 2013 but outrighted him a few months later. He signed with the Dodgers shortly after and has spent the 2014-15 seasons with their Triple-A affiliate. Ravin has touched triple digits with his fastball in the past and had a 2.25 ERA with a 30-to-8 K/BB ratio in 20 Triple-A innings this year.

Brewers Outright Three To Triple-A

Tonight's outright assignments..

  • The Brewers announced that they have outrighted right-handers Santo Manzanillo, Jesus Sanchez, and Josh Ravin to Triple-A Nashville.  Sanchez, 26, had a 2.83 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 48 relief appearances at Nashville.  Manzanillo, 25 in December, posted a 5.83 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 46 games for the club's Advanced-A and Double-A affiliates last season.  It was a short stay on the Brewers' 40-man for Josh Ravin, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds less than a month ago.  The 25-year-old had a 5.82 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 6.7 BB/9 for the Reds' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last year.

Quick Hits: Beckham, Lind, Tejada, Sveum, Ravin

Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 Draft, entered the Rays' game as a pinch-hitter against the Rangers Thursday night and singled in his first big-league at-bat. It marked a milestone for the infielder, who crawled through the minor leagues, never hitting all that impressively at any level, before posting a line of .276/.342/.387 in 2013 for Triple-A Durham. All of the 20 players drafted immediately after Beckham made it to the big leagues before he did. (Many, of course, were drafted out of college; Beckham came out of high school.) Remarkably, as Baseball America's John Manuel notes (via Twitter), Beckham is the first player drafted by the Rays since 2007 to make it to the big leagues with them. That's surprising, given how vital young players are to a low-payroll team like the Rays and how successful they've been in recent years. Here are more notes from around the Majors.

  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has implied to first baseman Adam Lind that there's a good chance the team will pick up Lind's 2014 option, but nothing is certain yet,'s Shi Davidi reports. "You know Alex pretty well, it’s pretty much the explanation I anticipated," says Lind, who will get either $7MM to play for the Jays or a $2MM buyout. The Jays also have options on Lind's services for 2015 and 2016. Lind has hit .282/.352/.486 so far this season. The team isn't required to make a decision about his option until shortly after the World Series ends.
  • Mets manager Terry Collins wants Ruben Tejada to take command of the shortstop position next season, Anthony DiComo and Chris Iseman of write. "My message is real simple: this job is his," says Collins. "But he's got to show everybody that he wants it desperately." That doesn't rule out the possibility that the Mets could pursue a shortstop from outside the organization. The offseason free-agent market isn't a strong one, but a trade might be a possibility. Tejada has hit .202/.259/.260 in 227 plate appearances this season.
  • The Cubs aren't ready to say whether Dale Sveum will remain their manager in 2014, but the notion that the Cubs would fire Sveum is "laughable," says Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times. Morrissey raises the possibility that the Cubs hesitation on Sveum may have something to do with big-name managers like Joe Girardi and Ron Gardenhire being free agents this offseason. He argues that Sveum shouldn't be blamed for the struggles of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro this season, suggesting that the pair might simply not be as good as the Cubs and their fans hoped.
  • The Brewers claimed pitcher Josh Ravin off waivers from the Reds today, and's Adam McCalvy compares Ravin to Joe Nathan, noting that Ravin can throw in triple digits (Twitter link). Ravin wouldn't be the first player to find success as a reliever in the Majors after an unimpressive minor-league career, but Joe Nathan is a lofty name to drop when discussing a 25-year-old who posted a 5.82 ERA with 6.7 BB/9 in the minors this year.
  • Dodgers lefty Onelki Garcia is now represented by BHS Sports Council, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). Garcia posted a 2.90 ERA with 9.7 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 in the upper levels of the minors in 2013, and he made his big-league debut last week.