The past week was filled with notable releases and injury announcements, and also marked the beginning of Bryce Harper's major league career… let's run it down in this week's review:
- The Angels released Bobby Abreu and his $9MM salary. The move had a wide range of reactions and related news associated with it, and it's expected that he'll latch on with another team.
- Brandon Inge was released by the Tigers on Thursday after spending the first 12 seasons of his career in Detroit.
- Mike Pelfrey may have thrown his last pitch for the Mets, following the announcement this week that he'll undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2012 season.
- Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson is also done for the season. He'll undergo a shoulder operation that will sideline him until 2013. The Brewers have enough pitching depth for now but the injury could eventually lead them to search outside the organization.
- The Yankees were counting on Michael Pineda to be a stabilizing force in their rotation when they acquired him this offseason, but instead he's likely lost for the year after it was announced that he too will require a major shoulder operation.
- The Nationals started Bryce Harper's service clock this week when they recalled him from Triple-A and placed Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list. Harper doubled and picked up his first big league RBI in his debut.
- Delmon Young was placed on the restricted list by the Tigers this week after an alcohol-related altercation in New York City.
- The Angels continue to monitor the trade market for relief help, but are only offering second-tier prospects while the majority of their suitors are more interested in Peter Bourjos.
- Bronson Arroyo has now accrued 10 full seasons of Major League service time and spent more than five years with the Reds, giving him 10-and-5 rights. He cannot be traded without his consent.
- Adam Jones hasn't heard from his agent or the Orioles about a contract extension recently, but isn't bothered by that. He told reporters that he'd have a hard time thinking about a long-term deal if he weren't signed by this time next year though, with his first crack at free agency coming up.
- The Rays are expected to sign Hideki Matsui, who has been working out in preparation for the 2012 season in New York.
- Scott Boras says that his client, Mike Gonzalez, is close to signing with a team. He should sign sometime this week, if Boras' timeline is correct.
- The Athletics claimed Luke Hughes off of waivers from the Twins in an effort to shore up a rocky third base situation.
- Dontrelle Willis will file a grievance against the Orioles after they placed him on the restricted list. Willis' agents at Sosnick and Cobbe said he was granted permission to leave the team, and were quite displeased with GM Dan Duquette.
- Jeremy Bonderman recently underwent elbow surgery and intends to pitch again in 2013.
- Lastly, there's a new version of MLBTR's iPhone app available for download. It'll cost just $2.99 to for you to check it out!
bronson arroyo has pitched with the Reds more than 5 years, and has been in the bigs for 13 years. How is it that only now he has 10/5 rights?
Arroyo just reached 10 full years of service time this past week — I had the numbers flipped in my head though when I noted it, saying he’d just reached the five mark and not the 10.
Thanks for the catch.
I have a hunch that the A’s will sign Bobby Abreu. He’s Beane’s type of guy. Gets on base.
Vis a vis Mike Pelfrey, he wasn’t pitching bad at all this season -but I cannot see the Mets at least not tendering an offer to him.