MLB Player News
Danny Hultzen (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is out of options and coming of a 2015 season plagued by shoulder issues, so it's not much of a surprise that the lefty went unclaimed on waivers. Hultzen will remain in the Seattle Mariners ' organization at least through 2017, after which he can become a minor league free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster.
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.
Kevin Gausman underwent LASIK surgery three days after the season ended, and will no longer need prescription glasses in 2016, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
This probably won't directly improve anything other than the young pitcher's style, but there are reasons to be bullish on him heading into 2016. Much has been made about the Baltimore Orioles mishandling the talented righty, but that won't be an option next year, as Gausman is basically a lock to be in the rotation all year. He averaged 95.2 mph on his fastball in 2015, and still has the overall repertoire to be at least a No. 3 starter.
James Paxton (finger) has spent the offseason throwing simulated games at the Seattle Mariners ' minor league complex in Arizona, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Paxton threw seven simulated innings Monday and will do so again later this week before shutting down for spring training. Among his 13 starts in 2015, seven went at least six innings, while only three reached the seven-inning threshold, which the aforementioned regimen is attempting to remedy as a part of the Mariners' rotation.
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.
Kyle Zimmer 's contract was selected by the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Royals wanted to protect Zimmer against the Rule 5 draft. His prospect stock is trending up after he finished 2015 strong and, more importantly, healthy. Zimmer could move fast in 2016, probably spending the bulk of the year at Triple-A, with the potential to join the big league club at the end of the year.
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.