Scott Richmond Rumors
Here are today's minor moves from around the league...
- Astros pitcher Philip Humber has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to Chris Cotillo of CLNSRadio.com (via Twitter). MLBTR has learned that the right-hander has until Friday to accept the assignment or elect free agency. Humber was designated for assignment earlier this week after posting a 9.59 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in seven starts and two relief appearances.
- MLB.com's Corey Brock tweets that the Padres have requested unconditional release waivers on Fautino De Los Santos, confirming an earlier tweet from Chris Cotillo of CLNS Radio. De Los Santos, 27, was designated for assignment over the weekend. He made only two appearances for Triple-A Tucson this season due to an injury but has a 4.21 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings at the Major League level -- all coming with the A's. His release will become official on Thursday.
- The Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Richmond to a minor league contract, according to Jeff Sullivan of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). The 33-year-old Canadian hurler has a 5.27 ERA, 7.4 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 169 big league innings for the Blue Jays. Richmond, who was pitching in Korea prior to this signing, was on Team Canada's roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He will report to extended Spring Training, according to Sullivan.
Zach Links contributed to this post.
The Korean Baseball Organization has added depth to its top league by attracting two MLB pitchers to take their talents to Korea this season. Scott Richmond, formerly of the Blue Jays, has signed with the Lotte Giants to a one-year, $600K deal, reports Naver, a Korean news service. Joining Richmond in Korea will be former Orioles pitcher, Dana Eveland, who has agreed to a contract with the Hanwha Eagles, according to Naver.
Richmond, 33, will provide the Giants with his 6-foot-5 frame and his 7.4 K/9 ratio which may even improve once he arrives in Korea. Unfortunately the native Canadian has only pitched in four Major League games since 2009. The Giants will turn to Richmond to provide strength to their rotation, which means he could get an extended look even if he begins to struggle.
Eveland, 29, has played consistently in the big leagues since 2005 but saw 2012 as a struggle that may have led to his decision to head to Korea. Both a starter and a reliever, Eveland enjoyed his season in 2008 with the A's as he posted a 4.34 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9. Eveland earned $750K with the Orioles last season, points out MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko, but the left-hander is only scheduled to take home $675K in Korea.