Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB:
- The Orioles will sign corner intfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor-league deal, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Snyder, 28, had agreed to a deal with the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in March. He hit .206/.284/.444 in 141 plate appearances with the Red Sox’ Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate in 2014. He last appeared in the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2013 and had previously had cups of coffee with the Orioles and Rangers. The Orioles made him the 13th overall pick in the draft ten years ago.
- The Rays have outrighted Allan Dykstra, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Dykstra playing first base for much of April, but he became superfluous when James Loney returned from the disabled list. The 27-year-old Dykstra hit .280/.426/.504 for the Mets’ hitter-friendly Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas last season, drawing 84 walks in 439 plate appearances.
- The Blue Jays outrighted right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca. Redmond, who was designated for assignment April 16, struggled to start 2015 allowing eight runs (all earned) in a pair of relief appearanes (covering 4 1/13 innings) with five walks and four strikeouts.
- The A’s have signed infielder Ryan Roberts to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Triple-A Nashville, tweets the Sounds’ play-by-play announcer Jeff Hem. Roberts, who was in camp with the Royals before being released in March, made a cameo appearance with Boston in 2014 and batted just .105/.227/.105 in 22 trips to the plate during eight games. Over his nine-year career, the 34-year-old has slashed a much more acceptable .243/.320/.388 for the Red Sox, Rays, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Blue Jays.
- The Marlins have outrighted left-hander Grant Dayton to Triple-A, per the club’s transactions page. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment Friday to create room on the 40-man roster for catcher Jhonatan Solano, whose contract was purchased when the Marlins placed Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity list.
- The Mets signed free agent second baseman Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract, according to the International League transactions page. Conrad signed a minor league deal with the Padres in January of last year after spending some time in Japan and joined their major league team later in 2014. He spent the bulk of the year in Triple-A, slashing .278/.349/.529 with 18 homers in 337 plate appearances. In a limited sample size of 34 major league appearances in 2014, however, he couldn’t produce the same results, and he was released in August.
- Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, Eric Surkamp (White Sox), Grant Balfour (Rays), Eury De La Rosa (A’s), Steve Tolleson (Blue Jays), Xavier Cedeno (Dodgers), and Logan Verrett (Rangers) are still in DFA limbo.
Depth signing for AAA does Herrera get moved up?
Hopefully – because they are already deep at 2B.
I like Conrad and I’m glad he’s with a team again. It’s a shame that all he will be is depth. Hopefully he will get a shot eventually and stay up there
Murphy’s days are numbered.
given his awful defense, would he make sense as a bench player? not sure how much interest other teams would have in him given he makes decent money. would he but cut?
They wont cut him (cutting players in the major leagues makes little sense unless they are truly abysmal). They will continue to try and trade murphy, hoping he hits one of his hot streaks that always boost his season numbers before he goes cold again. and now they have depth when they promote dilson
Murphy’s not going anywhere any time soon. He’s hit well his entire career and is currently sporting a .140 BABIP. Also, we’re 18 games in. Further, the Mets are playing well and can ride it out until Murphy regains his stroke. He’s had long slumps at times in his career and always makes it out. Calm down, peeps.
Mets setting up for some possible big moves? We’ll see
I think they’re just sending up Herrera
With the way the roster is setup now, something has to happen. Herrera isn’t coming up to sit on the bench
Welcome back to the big leagues, Dilson.
I think this means Herrera is getting called up soon.
Dilson getting promoted? But wouldn’t we just send Muno down to play 2b? Doesn’t make sense.
Dilson Herrera isn’t getting called up unless he’s starting, and I’m not sure that the Mets are ready to bench Daniel Murphy yet.
This could just be a depth signing, completely unrelated to Herrera.
On a side note, I seem to recall Conrad hitting a big homerun against the Mets when he was with the Braves, probably off of K-Rod given K-Rod’s propensity for giving up homeruns to bench guys like that.
If someone hitting .145 with multiple blunders defensively recently isn’t enough to bench someone, what is?
Good memory! He hit a 2-run homer off K-Rod in June of 2011 to tie a game in the bottom of the 9th with 1 out. The Braves went on to win in the bottom of the 10th on a walkoff…balk! I wonder if they did the jumping around celebration for such an anticlimactic ending?
Call up Herrera, play him everyday at 2b, make Murphy a Super Utility. Play him at 2nd, 1st, 3rd and maaaaybe the corner OF spots. Perfect situation for everyone, and if Murph’s free agent value is hurt by it, even better. Mets could bring him back for cheap, or just let him walk and move on.
I’m happy we still have Dykstra
Melvin Mendoza, Jr.
Oh man, I still have nightmares about Brooks Conrad from the 2010 NLDS.
They will let Murphy ride out this slump. Even if there were a plan to promote Herrera, nothing would happen for a few more weeks—when the Mets gain control of Herrera for another year and David Wright is back from the DL. At that point, you could consider auditioning Herrera at 2B and using Murphy as a (very well paid) utility infielder. So, Wright and Herrera take the spots currently held by Campbell and Muno. But again, I think a promotion is unlikely. Conrad is depth, and a very cheap hedge in case Murphy gets traded later.
A’s should claim tolleson