The day’s minor moves will be tracked right here:
- The Dodgers have outrighted Scott Baker to Triple-A Oklahoma City following his DFA, tweets J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group. The 33-year-old Baker was designated on Sunday following a pair of starts in which he allowed seven runs in 11 innings of work with an 8-to-3 K/BB ratio. The former Twin has yet to establish himself as a credible mid-rotation starter, as he was in Minnesota from 2007-11, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012.
- Left-hander Joseph Ortiz has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa after being designated for assignment by the Cubs over the weekend, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). The 24-year-old Ortiz enjoyed a solid season with the Rangers in 2013 at just 22 years of age, working to a 4.23 ERA with 27 strikeouts against eight unintentional walks in 44 2/3 innings. Ortiz was involved in a freak accident prior to the 2014 season when was struck by a motorcyclist while walking down the street in his native Venezuela. The resulting fractures in his left foot cost him much of the 2014 season. Ortiz was claimed off waivers by the Cubs this winter and has a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 Triple-A innings, though he’s struck out just one hitter despite a career K/9 of 8.6 in the Minors.
- Steven Tolleson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A by the Blue Jays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca tweets. The infielder could find himself back on the active roster in short order, per Davidi, as the club is currently lacking a reserve middle infielder after today’s roster moves.
- The Padres have purchased the rights to catcher Yenier Bello from the independent league’s Joplin Blasters, according to Mark Schremmer of the Joplin Globe (via Twitter). Bello, 30, was released by the Braves just one year after signing out of Cuba. It seems rather likely that he will be looked upon as an organizational depth piece by the San Diego organization.
- The Indians announced that outfielder Jerry Sands has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A. Sands could have declined the assignment and shopped his early-season .348/.400/.435 batting line on the open market, but apparently felt his best opportunity remained with the Cleveland organization.
Sands has one of the best outfield arms I’ve seen … If he can hit for decent average and hit some doubles, he is definitely worth having in an organization. Wish he was playing in Indianapolis again.
Uh just curious why there is a guy with a Braves hat ? Also, sands hit .348 and was sent down? Im sure it was a small sample size but still he must’ve been hot why not ride it out
Sands’ .348 average is from 8 hits in 25 PA, three of which were in his first game, 7 of which were in his first four, and many of which were from incredibly flukely infield hits which lead to an insanely unsustainable .471 babip.
He is an older version of Kris Bryant.
Because Bello was signed out of Cuba by the Braves. He was later released
I’m surprised the Yankees didn’t take a chance on Tolleson.
They’ve already got Petit and Ryan(who’s on the DL right now), plus Pirela seems to be on the edge of a call up from AAA, ontop of their starting cast. Not a major need for it right now
I was thinking to replace the lackluster Drew.
If they wanna do that, Pirela is the guy to at least start platooning Drew with, which I think is going to happen soon anyways.
I agree with you on that and can’t wait till it happens.
How do you like that? Same day I say this, it’s announced he’ll be reactivated tomorrow. Talk about a hunch