Breslow joined the Cubs as the team's Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations on Monday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Reports earlier in the offseason suggested that Breslow was prepared to end his career for a front-office job, and the Yale product has done just that. The veteran southpaw pitched in parts of 12 major-league seasons for seven different teams, posting a 3.45 ERA in 570.2 innings.
Breslow has been engaged in talks with a number of organizations this offseason in joining them in a non-playing role, signaling the end of his pitching career, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Breslow was unable to earn a promotion to the big leagues in 2018 after registering accruing a 5.40 ERA and 2.05 WHIP across 33 appearances at three affiliates in the Toronto organization. Now 38 years old, Breslow appears ready to transition to the next phase of his career, concluding a 12-year run in the majors that included stops with the Padres, Red Sox, Indians, Twins, Athletics, Diamondbacks and Marlins.
Breslow, who was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, will re-sign with the team on a minor-league pact, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Breslow's release earlier in the day was merely a procedural move. It's unclear what the 37-year-old left-hander still has in the tank. His last good season came in 2013, when he was a key bullpen piece that helped carry the Red Sox to the World Series.
Breslow was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Breslow decided to opt out of his contract and pursue major-league opportunities elsewhere after being told he wouldn't break camp with the Blue Jays. The 37-year-old finished the 2017 campaign with a 5.09 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 35.1 innings.
Breslow has been told he won't make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
The 37-year-old signed a minor-league deal with Toronto in February but was always a long shot to make the team. He posted a 5.09 ERA in 35.1 innings last year and hasn't had an xFIP below 5.00 since 2013. The veteran lefty could sign a minor-league deal elsewhere or could decide to bring his 12-year major-league career to a close.
Breslow signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.
Breslow broke camp with the Twins last year after altering his mechanics in the offseason, and the 37-year-old even enjoyed some initial success (2.75 ERA through May) before his age caught up with him and the Twins cut him and his 5.23 ERA loose at the end of July. He latched on with the Indians shortly thereafter, but didn't fare much better and finished the season with a 5.09 ERA across 35.1 innings. Breslow will compete for a low-leverage bullpen role with the Blue Jays this spring, though he won't carry fantasy value even if he earns an Opening Day roster spot.
Breslow had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
Breslow joined the Indians on a minor-league deal at the beginning of August, and the 37-year-old will get his first shot with the big club after getting his feet wet with Columbus, allowing two runs over 4.2 innings. He compiled a 5.52 ERA with an 18:12 K:BB across 31 innings with the Twins earlier in the season, so he'll likely be used in low-leverage situations out of the Indians' bullpen. To clear roster room for Breslow, Ryan Merritt was optioned to Triple-A while Diego Moreno was designated for assignment.
Breslow signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Friday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
The veteran reliever was released by the Twins on Sunday, but quickly latches on with Cleveland, the same organization he played for in 2008. Breslow left much to be desired over 30 appearances with Minnesota this season, posting a 5.23 ERA and an unappealing 18:12 K:BB, so he likely finds himself relegated to organizational depth for now. Expect the left-hander to join Triple-A Columbus within the coming days.
The Twins released Breslow on Sunday.
Breslow's release clears a spot on the Triple-A Rochester for prospect Dietrich Enns, who the Twins acquired in the trade that sent Jaime Garcia to the Yankees earlier Sunday. The lefty Breslow tinkered with his delivery in the offseason and was able to parlay those adjustments into a roster spot -- and some initial success -- with the Twins following spring training, but his production tanked before he missed most of July with an injury to his ribs. The Twins reinstated him from the disabled list a little less than two weeks ago, but designated him for assignment shortly thereafter. Breslow will now be free to explore opportunities with other organizations, but the 36-year-old will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal no matter where he lands.
Breslow was designated for assignment Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 36-year-old has had a rough time with the big club this season, spending multiple weeks on the disabled list with a rib injury and posting a 5.23 ERA over 30 appearances. If he clears waivers, he'll likely head to Triple-A Rochester unless he's traded to another organization, which the Twins have stated they'll try to do.
Breslow (ribs) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday.
He has a 5.28 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and only 18 strikeouts in 29 innings this season. Look for him to be used in low-leverage spots going forward.
Breslow (ribs) is going to make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Rochester before rejoining the Twins, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
There was a chance that Breslow would be able to come back to the big leagues following the All-Star Game, but he will need another outing at the Triple-A level before heading to Minnesota. During his first appearance with Rochester on Sunday, Breslow allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out one in an inning of work. Breslow will likely pitch again this weekend, and if all goes well he should be able to rejoin the club for its series against the Yankees.
Breslow (ribs) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Breslow was placed on the disabled list June 28 with ribcage soreness but is ready to attack the final hurdle in his rehab program. If all goes well during his assignment, Breslow could rejoin the Twins' bullpen following the All-Star break.
Breslow (ribs) is set to throw a bullpen Thursday, followed by a rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Breslow initially hit the disabled list with rib-cage soreness on June 28, and has let the injured area rest enough to proceed to the next step of his rehab. The southpaw will go on to toss one inning of work with Rochester on Sunday, as long as all goes well with the bullpen session. If everything goes according to plan, Breslow should be able to return to Minnesota following the All-Star break.
Breslow was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with rib-cage soreness, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Breslow was tagged for three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over an inning one day earlier, marking the fourth time in five appearance that he's been lit up for multiple runs. Prior to the rough patch, Breslow had carried a 2.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 21 innings, so the injury could explain some of his struggles. The Twins will replace Breslow in the bullpen with converted starter Phil Hughes (biceps), who was activated from the disabled list following a three-outing rehab assignment.
Breslow has an ERA of 4.82 in 28 innings for Minnesota this season .
The 2002 draft pick is with his third team in three years and has seen his ERA increase in each of those seasons. Now 36, it's tough to imagine the veteran will be improving his play anytime soon. He only has 5.5 K/9 and has yet to record a hold in 2017, severely limiting his fantasy potential this year to owners in all league types.
Breslow has a 2.89 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 18.2 innings this season.
The numbers are good for the veteran left-hander so far, but the Twins' record of 4-16 in games he has appeared in illustrates his limited role in the bullpen. Breslow has a low BB/9 (2.4) and K/9 (4.3), but could provide some value in deeper formats if he maintains his current form.
Breslow has given up two runs over 5.1 innings of work to begin 2017.
Breslow has seen his workload pick up recently, and he's posted a 3.38 ERA with four strikeouts and two walks. The 36-year-old pitched just 14 innings in the majors last season, allowing seven earned runs.
Breslow was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Monday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Breslow, who had been attending Twins camp on a minor-league deal, had an opt-out clause in his contract that would have expired Monday if the Twins hadn't added him to the 40-man roster, but there was never much doubt that would materialize in light of his excellent spring. After submitting a 4.93 ERA over the past three seasons, Breslow, 36, decided to revamp his delivery over the offseason, and the change seems to have salvaged his career. He's delivered a tidy 1.50 ERA in six innings this spring, though a 5:7 K:BB ratio suggests that he still needs to iron things out a bit. Nonetheless, the Twins remain intrigued enough by his adjustments to include him on the Opening Day roster, though he'll likely be slated for low-leverage work out of the bullpen initially.
Breslow is likely to be added to the 40-man roster before he can opt out of his contract next week, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
He's thrown 6.1 scoreless innings this spring, including an exhibition outing against Team USA of the World Baseball Classic. The Twins are unlikely to keep three lefty relievers in the bullpen, so this could mean Ryan O'Rourke and Buddy Boshers will begin the season in the minors.
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||3.2||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||3||4||2.81||2.188|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||0.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||0.00||0.000|
|2014||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||2.2||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||2||1||0.00||1.364|
|2016||AAA-Round Rock Express||2.0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||13.50||3.500|
|2016||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||23.2||14||0||0||1||3||2||29||11||34||6.59||1.940|