Here are the latest minor moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post…
- The Astros have released righty Edison Frias, the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan reports (Twitter link). The 26-year-old Frias has some respectable numbers (4.07 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.71 K/BB rate) over 425 career innings in Houston’s farm system, though he has been hit hard at the Triple-A level this year, with a 7.71 ERA in 23 1/3 frames. Pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League is likely a factor, though Frias hasn’t helped himself with a 5.8 BB/9 that is more than double his career average.
- In a surprising development, the Reds announced Sunday that they’ve optioned left-hander Amir Garrett to Triple-A Louisville. Aside from one poor start on April 24, when the Brewers teed off on Garrett for nine earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, the 25-year-old has pitched well enough to remain in the majors. The rookie surrendered two or fewer earned runs in his other six starts, all of which lasted at least six frames. All told, Garrett has recorded a 4.25 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 44.7 percent ground-ball rate in 36 innings. The Reds are entering a stretch in which they will only need four starters, which will give them an opportunity to manage Garrett’s workload, tweets Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Service time considerations may have also factored into this decision, as the Reds will only need to keep Garrett in the minors for about two weeks to control him through 2023 instead of 2022. For now, right-hander Barrett Astin is up from Triple-A to take Garrett’s place on the Reds’ roster.
- The Padres have sold corner infielder/outfielder Jamie Romak’s contract to SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, report Sung Min Kim of River Ave Blues and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter links). Romak, a fourth-round pick of the Braves in 2003, saw brief major league action with the Dodgers in 2014 and the Diamondbacks in 2015. For the most part, the 31-year-old has played at lower levels, including a stint in the Japan Central League. Romak has spent the majority of his career at the Triple-A level, where he has slashed an impressive .271/.340/.516 line in 1,800 plate appearances.
- The Mariners have made a few pitching changes, selecting Christian Bergman’s contract from Triple-A Tacoma, optioning Rob Whalen to Triple-A and moving Shae Simmons to the 60-day disabled list, per an announcement from general manager Jerry Dipoto. Bergman, who signed a minor league deal with the Mariners over the winter, spent 2010-16 with the Rockies organization. The swingman debuted in the majors in 2014 and has since posted a 5.79 ERA, 5.49 K/9 against 1.89 BB/9, and a 36.7 percent ground-ball rate in 147 2/3 innings. He got off to a strong start this year with Tacoma, tossing 29 innings from the Rainiers’ rotation and logging a 2.17 ERA. Simmons has been dealing with a right forearm strain since March, which has prevented the offseason trade acquisition from taking the mound this year. The Mariners acquired Simmons, a hard-throwing reliever, from the Braves in a January deal that also included Mallex Smith and Luiz Gohara.
- The Rangers have purchased righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx’s contract from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned lefty Dario Alvarez in a corresponding move, according to the club. The 32-year-old Bibens-Dirkx has never pitched in the majors, having spent the first 11-plus years of his career in the minors with several teams, including Seattle, which selected him in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. Bibens-Dirkx owns a lifetime 5.16 ERA, 7.0 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 383 2/3 Triple-A frames.
How many days do they have to leave Garrett down? Do the days have to be consecutive or can they break them up?
I’m not sure the amount needed, but he can’t be recalled again for 10 days now per rule. I’m hearing that itself is enough to add an extra year of control.
It depends on the schedule but it’s typically about 12 days. He’ll be down 13.
They can break them up.
Ok. I didn’t realize teams had to wait 10 days between call ups.
That doesn’t apply if the recalled player is replacing someone who’s injured or placed on any other “emergency” list (i.e. bereavement, paternity, family medical emergency, etc.).
Unless a player goes to the DL; then the 10 day wait doesn’t apply.
That is incorrect.
To start a season a player only needs to remain in the minors long enough to not accrue 172 days of service time (Normally between 12-14 days, Starting in 2018 though it will need to be 16-18 days as the Major League season is going from 183 to 187 days).
However if a player is sent on optional assignment during the season he must spend at least 20 consecutive days in the minors for the time spent not to count as ML Service Time.
Garrett has to be down for 20 consecutive days for the Reds to gain the additional year of control.
That is why the reds are where they are at in contention, no where
Although this is small sample size and they are in no way going to keep it. CIN is currently in first place after today’s win.
I don’t get your point. This is a practically minded, unsentimental decision. That’s what’s needed to win, right?
If the Reds don’t want Garrett the Giants will gladly take him lol
Has nothing to do with not wanting him. Kind of the exact opposite, actually
I understand that, thanks captain obvious.
Jamie Romak. Ken Phelps All Star?
yes, The king of triple-a Jamie Romk has returned to this app