MLB Player News
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for pitching coach Ray Searage to work his magic with Allen Webster , most likely as a right-handed arm out of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"If we can help him get back on track, he can help our team in a variety of roles," GM Neal Huntington said. The Pirates have spots available in both the rotation and bullpen, but Webster is out of minor league options, meaning he could be lost to waivers if he doesn't make the club out of spring training.
Allen Webster was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Webster, who was DFA'd by the Diamondbacks in November, dealt with shoulder fatigue early in the 2015 season, but he was given an opportunity to make a few starts in June. However, he allowed 15 earned runs over four starts, earning a trip back to the minors before returning to the big league club as a bullpen option later in the year. The 25-year-old will join Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, which is now at capacity.
Johnny Hellweg signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Hellweg spent the 2015 season in the Brewers' minor league system and was his first year coming off of Tommy John surgery. He became a free agent this offseason and has decided to sign with San Diego, where he will try to climb his way through their minor leagues in 2016.
Adalberto Mejia was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
A 50-game ban for testing positive for a stimulant kept Mejia off the mound until June, but he went on to post a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 12 appearances (nine starts) with Double-A Richmond. This amounts to a procedural move to protect Mejia from the Rule 5 draft, as it seems like a bit of a reach to think he could be a regular option for the big club in 2016, unless the team were to move him to the bullpen.
Clayton Blackburn was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander turned in a 2.85 ERA over 123 innings in the PCL last season, allowing just six home runs and 32 walks. His FIP was 70 points higher than his ERA, and his stuff simply is not good enough to generate a lot of strikeouts, but Blackburn could find himself in the running for a rotation spot if there is an injury in spring training.
Ty Blach was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
The lefty has made a quick rise since being drafted in the fifth round out of Creighton University in 2012, opening his third professional season at Triple-A Sacramento and holding his own in the PCL throughout the year. He may never strike out enough batters to be fantasy-relevant in mixed leagues, but Blach has shown great control and may be one of the team's top injury-replacement rotation options during the year.
Jarlin Garcia was added to the Miami Marlins ' 40-man roster on Friday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
He is probably a top-10 prospect in the Marlins system, but that is only because it is such a bad system. Garcia posted a 4.91 ERA while striking out 35 over 36.2 innings (seven starts) at Double-A last year, and it's possible that he ends up pitching out of the bullpen long term.
Allen Webster was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
The 25-year-old missed the cut out of camp, and battled shoulder fatigue in the early months of the season, but he got a chance in June when Josh Collmenter was bounced from the rotation. Webster did not fare well, allowing 15 earned runs in four starts, and later served primarily in a bullpen role after another stint in the minors. His 40-man spot was needed to protect a prospect from the Rule 5 draft.
Antonio Senzatela was added to the Colorado Rockies ' 40-man roster Friday, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.
At just 20 years old and with no experience above the High-A level, Senzatela does not have much of a chance to reach the majors in 2016. However, he had to be added to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft protection, and the right-hander showed more than enough to warrant the move, posting a 2.51 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 143:33 K:BB in 26 starts for Modesto last season.
Tyler Glasnow was added to the 40-man roster Friday.
Glasnow split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, posting a sub-2.50 ERA with more than 9.0 K/9 at both stops. The 22-year-old did not receive a September callup, as some were hoping, but he could be a candidate for a rotation spot in Pittsburgh during the first half of 2016.