Julian Tavarez Rumors

Odds & Ends: Red Sox, Lee, Rays

Some links to (maybe) cap an already wild day in rumor-land:

Nationals DFA Julian Tavarez

MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports the Nationals have designated right-hander Julian Tavarez for assignment. 

Tavarez, a true journeyman at this point in his career, had a 4.89 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP in 35 innings with the Nats.  He's 35, but a club desperate for bullpen depth might decide to give him a shot.  Either that, or he'll end up back at Washington's Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse.

Odds & Ends: Hamels, Giants, Yankees

Links for Monday…

Odds And Ends: Pedro, Crosby, Nationals

A few links for Saturday…

Nationals Sign Julian Tavarez

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Nationals signed pitcher Julian Tavarez to a minor league deal.  Tavarez, 36 in May, posted a 5.10 ERA, 8.4 K/9, and 4.6 BB/9 in 54.6 innings for the Brewers and Braves last year.

Sherman also has three pre-arbitration signings: Jeremy Guthrie ($650K), Kevin Kouzmanoff ($432K) and Ross Ohlendorf ($414K).

Braves Sign Julian Tavarez

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have signed 35 year-old righty Julian Tavarez.  Tavarez has tossed just 20 innings this year between the Red Sox and Brewers.

Odds and Ends: Lieber, Tavarez, Oswalt

We’ve got mostly smaller stuff today, so let’s kick it off with an odds and ends.

Julian Tavarez Designated

Julian Tavarez‘s time in Milwaukee is up; he was designated for assignment to make room for David Riske.  He pitched in seven games for the Brewers and was knocked around in three of those outings.

Julian Tavarez To Sign With Brewers

MONDAY: Tom Haudricourt reports that the Brewers are set to sign Tavarez for bullpen depth.

SUNDAY: The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo writes that Bartolo Colon, a close friend of Julian Tavarez, said Tavarez told him that he would prefer to pitch for the New York Mets. Tavarez was recently DFA’d by the Red Sox and elected free agency rather than accepting an assignment to Triple A Pawtucket.

Tavarez could make sense for the Mets in many roles. Jason Vargas and Matt Wise have been ineffective in limited use, while Mike Pelfrey has been very inconsistent over the first two months of the season. The Mets, however, have yet to indicate whether they have interest in the veteran right-hander.  Baseball Prospectus’ John Perrotto has the Orioles and Brewers as the top suitors; I hadn’t heard Baltimore in the mix until now.

Odds And Ends: Ramirez, Tavarez, Brewslow, Pena

Thankfully, the calendar will soon flip to June, and trade rumors will start to heat up. To tide you over until then, here are a few notes from around the league.

  • Sean McAdam wonders if Manny Ramirez’s current slump will affect the team’s decision to exercise his $20MM option for 2009. Manny sounded rather confident last month that the team would pick it up. And while it’s nearly a given that he’ll recover from this month, the Red Sox could read it as a sign of decline. Still, the chances of the option being picked up are still high.
  • A few days after accepting an assignment to AAA Pawtucket, Julian Tavarez has instead opted for free agency.
  • Couple of transaction notes. Braves C Brayan Pena has been activated from the DL, and immediately designated for assignment. Indians reliever Craig Breslow was also DFA.

Posted by Joe Pawlikowski, who writes for River Ave. Blues, a Yankees blog, and can be reached here.