Any useful arms out there?
The left-handed reliever was a bit of a surprise to see on the DFA list, but the Twins had to make room and he was one of the unlucky arms. It was a surprise that the cleared waivers and was moved to Triple A, especially with the need from the left side being a common issue in the MLB.
He has even performed well in 2017, finishing with an ERA of 2.28, and a 10.4K/9 rating, obviously solid numbers for the southpaw.
I’ve written about Neftali Feliz a couple times in the last week or so, and I’ll mention it one last time, as it’s relevant to Chris Young’s situation. The soft tossing righty was designated for assignment when the Royals added Feliz, and is now looking for another gig.
While he was a very useful arm for the Royals last season, he wasn’t able to repeat the same performance in 2017. He appeared in 14 games and made just two starts, finishing with an ERA of 7.50 over 30 innings pitched.
With a WHIP over 2.00, Young will likely have to accept a minor league assignment somewhere if he wants to try to claw his way back to the big leagues. At 38 years old, it’s also possible this is the end of the line for the likeable veteran.
Wimmers has another former first round pick who was designated, being sent down at the same time as Melotakis. The talented right-hander was supposed to eventually find his way into the big league rotation, but he was DFA’d for the second time in his career, leaving him the option of electing free agency as well.
He’s an unlikely candidate for the Blue Jays to consider, but it’s possible he could serve as depth in Triple A if the Jays like his upside. He is also 28 years old, and has stayed relatively healthy after battling injury throughout his career.
Also designated by the Phillies on the same day they cut Michael Saunders, the 29 year old has had some success in the big leagues.
Gomez had a 7.25 ERA in 22.1 innings with the Phillies this year, but he posted ERAs of 3.19 (2014) and 3.01 (2015) in the past, so he’s shown upside before. It’s doubtful the Blue Jays would grab him as well with the other arms available, but it’s hard to say what his market might be after his struggles this season.