Ramon Troncoso Rumors
The Royals announced that they have signed right-hander Ramon Troncoso to a minor league deal (Twitter link). Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets that the MDR Sports Management client did not receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
The 31-year-old Troncoso spent the 2013 campaign with the White Sox, pitching 30 innings over the course of 29 appearances and posting a 4.50 ERA with 5.4 K/9, 4.8 BB/9 and a strong 51 percent ground-ball rate. Troncoso missed the end of the season with a case of pericarditis -- inflammation of the tissue surrounding his heart.
The Dominican hurler spent four seasons with the Dodgers from 2008-11, appearing in a career-high 82 2/3 innings and posting a 2.72 ERA as a 26-year-old in 2009. He's struggled since that time but maintained respectable velocity to go along with his ground-ball rate, averaging 92.2 mph on his heater last year in Chicago. Troncoso has an ERA of exactly 4.00 in 227 1/3 career innings to go along with 6.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Left-handed batters clubbed him at a .360/.467/.620 clip in 2013, but he held opposing righties to a minuscule .179/.253/.239 batting line. He's had a noticeable platoon split throughout his career (.682 OPS vs. right-handed hitters, .822 OPS vs. lefties), but it's never been close to as extreme as it was in 2013.
The White Sox announced, on Twitter, that they have outrighted right-handers Ramon Troncoso and Brian Omogrosso and catcher Bryan Anderson to Triple-A Charlotte, thereby removing each from the team's 40-man roster.
Troncoso, 30, found his way back to the Major Leagues this season after struggling through 2012 with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. He posted a 4.50 ERA In 30 innings for the White Sox, though his 5.4 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 suggest that his ERA was somewhat of a mirage. He also missed a month with pericarditis -- inflammation of the tissue surrounding his heart. Troncoso was eligible for arbitration and projected to earn roughly $700K, according to MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz.
The 29-year-old Omogrosso allowed 17 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings for the ChiSox with 16 strikeouts and nine walks. Anderson went 1-for-18 in a brief stint with the White Sox but spent the majority of the season playing for Charlotte, where he slashed .224/.302/.400 in 235 plate appearances.
Chicago's 40-man roster is now down to 37.
Here are today's minor transactions, with the newest moves at the top of the page...
- The Rangers have purchased the contract of first baseman Chris McGuiness from Triple-A Round Rock and created a spot for him on the 40-man roster by moving Colby Lewis to the 60-day DL, according to a team press release. McGuiness will fill in for Mitch Moreland, who was put on the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old McGuiness is a left-handed hitter who was acquired by Texas from Boston as part of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia trade in 2010. McGuiness has an .858 OPS at Triple-A this season.
- The White Sox have purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Troncoso from Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced. Troncoso, 30, signed a minor league deal with Chicago in January after spending all of 2012 with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. Troncoso posted a 3.92 ERA, 2.07 K/BB and 6.4 K/9 in 197 1/3 IP out of the Dodgers' bullpen from 2008-11. In corresponding moves, the Sox also recalled righty Deunte Heath from Triple-A, optioned Brian Omogrosso to Triple-A and placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list.
The White Sox announced that they agreed to sign seven players to minor league contracts that include invitations to MLB Spring Training. Right-handers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso, left-hander David Purcey, catcher Bryan Anderson, infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson and outfielder Stefan Gartrell will all report to Glendale next month.
Gray pitched for the Twins in 2012, posting a 5.71 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 52 innings. Troncoso, who turns 30 next month, pitched for the Dodgers' Triple-A team in 2012. Purcey also spent the 2012 season at Triple-A, and he struck out more than one batter per inning at that level while struggling to limit walks. The 26-year-old Anderson appeared in ten games for last year's Cardinals team. Bell, formerly a top prospect, played in 21 games for the Diamondbacks in 2012. Tolleson appeared in 29 games with the 2012 Orioles, posting a .183/.227/.310 batting line as a utility player. Gartrell posted a .787 OPS with 20 home runs for the Braves' top affiliate last year.
Troncoso, 29, spent most of 2011 with the club's Triple-A affiliate, posting a 5.05 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 35 appearances. Over the last four seasons, Troncoso has a 3.92 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 175 games for the Dodgers' varsity squad.
3:44am: Matthew Pouliot calls the situation "another sign the Dodgers are broke." Writes Pouliot:
Pouliot also names the Tigers and Rays as possible matches, and adds the Phillies and Rangers as teams who could be interested in Sherrill as well, though I wonder if the Rangers would want to take on his salary.
"A large-market team should be able to pay a top-notch setup man $4 million-$4.5 million. That's what the Royals gave Kyle Farnsworth, and at last check, Kansas City wasn't a large market and Farnsworth wasn't top notch."
2:53am: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that if the Dodgers are looking to move a relief arm, it's George Sherrill.
The Dodgers have several appealing arms such as Ronald Belisario, Hong Chih-Kuo, and Ramon Troncoso. However, when teams come calling about those three, the Dodgers instead turn the focus to Sherrill, who struggled in the NLCS and is set to earn up to $4MM through arbitration.
In return for Sherrill, who's saved 52 games over the past two seasons en route to a two-year stretch of a 3.02 ERA through 122.1 innings with 119 Ks and a 1.28 WHIP, the Dodgers would like to receive a starting pitcher.
Given those stats and the fact that he's under team control through 2011, Sherrill should be able to fetch some value regardless of a rising salary and a disappointing NLCS. What teams make sense for the former All-Star? Detroit is said to be looking for bullpen help, and the Rays could benefit from a more-established arm to close out games as well. Those are just names I'm throwing out there, let's hear your thoughts on the issue as well.