Matt Herges Rumors

Minor League Transactions: Free Agents, Herges, Ramirez

Matt Eddy of Baseball America brings us minor league transactions for October 3rd to 9th, the first full week of the offseason for most clubs. Here are a few notes of interest from the latest series of minor league moves across the league:

Royals Sign Matt Herges

The Royals signed reliever Matt Herges to a minor league deal, according to a team press release.  Herges, 40 in April, posted a 6.8 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, and 3.38 ERA in 34.6 innings for the Indians and Rockies last year.  He logged another 28.3 innings at Triple A.

Herges is one of a slew of minor league signings made by Royals GM Dayton Moore so far this offseason.  Check out the full list here.

Rockies Notes: Marquis, Betancourt, Giambi

Tracy Ringolsby of Inside The Rockies examines Colorado's commitments for 2010, and the decisions they'll face regarding potential free agents and arbitration cases. Here are a few of his thoughts:

  • Jason Marquis has said he wants to sign with the Mets and likely won't be back in Colorado.
  • There's a good chance that lefty Alan Embree will retire.
  • Jose Contreras is interested in returning in a middle relief capacity, but Matt Belisle is a younger option for the team in that role.
  • The club would like to retain Rafael Betancourt, but his contract would have to be reworked. Betancourt has a $5.4MM club option for 2010.
  • Behind the plate, Chris Iannetta will be back as the starter. Yorvit Torrealba could return as Ianetta's backup, but probably not for more than $1MM.
  • The team may not have room for Jason Giambi, instead opting to use his roster spot on a right-handed hitter who can play both infield corners.
  • Righty relievers Juan Rincon and Matt Herges could receive minor-league invites.

Rockies Sign Matt Herges

The Rockies signed reliever Matt Herges to a minor league deal, according to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.  The 39 year-old had been cut by the Indians.

The Rockies were quick to re-up Herges after he helped them reach the World Series in '07.  Though his controllable skills didn't change much in '08, his ERA was 5.04 and the team chose to decline his '09 option.

Indians Release Matt Herges

The Indians released reliever Matt Herges, according to a team press release. They designated him for assignment ten days ago to make room for Winston Abreu. Herges allowed fewer hits than innings pitched in his 25.1 innings, for an ERA of 3.55. Now we'll see if a team looking for relievers, like the Angels or Marlins, picks him up.

Indians DFA Matt Herges

Dennis Manoloff of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians designated veteran reliever Matt Herges for assignment following tonight's game. The move freed up a roster spot for the recently acquired Winston Abreu.

Herges had been effective for the Tribe, pitching to a 3.55 ERA in 25.1 innings, allowing fewer hits than innings pitched.

Indians Release Salas, DFA Chulk

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported yesterday that the Indians released Juan Salas and designated Vinnie Chulk for assignment. Reliever Matt Herges was called up, Rafael Perez was demoted and today the Indians added Luis Vizcaino as they revamp their bullpen.

The Indians have an 11-18 record due in large part to a bullpen whose ERA was 6.49 even before the team lost 13-3 in Boston last night.

Indians Sign Matt Herges

According to’s Anthony Castrovince, the Indians signed reliever Matt Herges to a minor league deal.  Herges cashed in with a $2.5MM deal following a nice ’07 season with the Rockies, but he slipped to a 5.04 ERA in ’08.  The main difference between the two seasons was Herges’ batting average on balls in play, so there is hope for a rebound.

Rockies Decline Option On Herges

According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies declined their $2.5MM option on reliever Matt Herges.  The buyout was $250K.  Add a few more bucks to the Rockies’ budget.  They still have roughly $70MM likely to be committed to current players though.

Herges’ ERA went up significantly this year, but his component skills didn’t change much.  His strikeouts and walks are both up a touch, but the big difference was the rate at which batted balls fell for hits.

Rockies Trade Talk: Torrealba, Taveras, Podsednik, Herges

Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News reports the Marlins have inquired on the availability of Rockies’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba, and outfielders Willy Taveras and Scott Podsednik.

Torrealba has been on Marlins radar and there’s continuing speculation that they will be buyers come July 31st

Meanwhile, St. Louis inquired on pitcher Matt Herges to provide a veteran pressence in their bullpen.