So, does that make him a worthwhile target for Boston? That's what the front office is currently debating, as it wouldn't be Beckett or Lester that Garza is replacing in the rotation.
Most likely, it would be Aaron Cook, whose tightrope act with his sinker failed against the Blue Jays this past weekend as he gave up two homers.
His ERA+ is still 124, but if you'd like to bet that the hurler with a home run rate that equals his K/BB is going to help the Red Sox get into the postseason more than Matt Garza would -- in either 2013 or 2013 -- then by all means, explain.
1) Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers (previously #5)
2) Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals (previously #14)
3) Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (previously #7)
4) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (previously #19)
5) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (previously #15)
6) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (11)
7) Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners (25)
8) Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles (8)
9) Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (62)
10) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (16)
Following Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Reds, the Mets announced that they have designated beleaguered reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment following a couple of rough games — not to mention a woeful year in 2011 — at Citi Field.
Carrasco was given a two-year deal after Sandy Alderson took over the team eighteen months ago, but he's been mostly terrible in a Mets uniform.
After making a major deal to shape their World Series-winning roster last season, ESPN's Buster Olney spoke with executives that expect the St. Louis Cardinals to be aggressive on the trade market once again in 2012. The piece is Insider-only, but it leads with Olney wondering whether, "There be owners who convince themselves that they're destined to be the 2012 version of Bill DeWitt, holding up a championship trophy at the end."
Talking to executives, Olney lists the Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers as three teams that could be out looking for big upgrades in 2012. Last year, the Cardinals made a controversial deal that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto for a package led by Edwin Jackson, but GM John Mozeliak was ultimately vindicated by the team's victory in the World Series.
Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has already missed 48 games due to a 100-game suspension in September of 2011 for a second violation of the MLB's performance-enhancing substance policy, but Major League Baseball dropped the suspension due to procedural issues similar to the ones that cleared Ryan Braun of any wrongdoing and the 33-year-old backstop is eligible to play immediately, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Justin Thomas, designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make room for Daniel Nava on the 40-man roster, was claimed by the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Philadelphia Phillies. Podsednik spent all of the 2011 season in the minors leagues in the Toronto and Philadelphia systems, and has played in 22 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012.
As tweeted by one Michael Schwimer last night, the Phillies have recalled infielder Hector Luna, and lefty relievers Raul Valdes and Jake Diekman to Philadelphia. See here.
To make room, Laynce Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain, and Triple-A reliever Justin De Fratus was placed on the 60 day disabled list with right elbow issues. Reliever Brian Sanches was outrighted to Triple-A.
The Washington Nationals' Mark DeRosa made an injury worse by high-fiving a teammate. (No, really.)
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune the Rays have officially called up outfielder Brandon Guyer from Triple-A Durham.
The 26-year-old outfielder, acquired in the trade of Matt Garza last winter, was hitting .294/.365/.459 with three home runs in 97 plate appearances for the Bulls.
With Desmond Jennings knee an issue at the moment the Rays could use the extra outfield help. As Mooney noted, no roster move has been made to clear a spot.