2015 Breakdowns: Relievers

2015 Breakdowns: Relievers
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Nationals acquired OF Matt den Dekker from the Mets for LHP Jerry Blevins.

It's a rare in-division trade, but the deal solves a need for both clubs. The 27-year-old den Dekker wasn't going to make the Mets' Opening Day roster and profiles as a fifth outfielder-type, but he's capable of playing all three outfield positions, which is useful for the Nationals given the status of Denard Span, Jayson Werth, and Nate McLouth.
Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

Mets acquired LHP Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for OF Matt den Dekker.

The Mets have now acquired two left-handed relievers in the last couple of hours -- Alex Torres from the Padres and now Blevins from Washington. Blevins had a 4.87 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 57 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season.
Mar 30 - 3:43 PM

Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings Monday in a minor league game.

Pinto also went 0-for-1 with two walks at the plate. He was shut down for eight days with a concussion but looks to be a go for the beginning of the season.
Mar 30 - 3:29 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from Triple-A Rochester.

Boyer was in Twins camp this spring on a minor league deal and pitched well enough to earn an Opening Day bullpen spot. The veteran will act as a middle reliever.
Mar 30 - 3:22 PM

Kyle Gibson has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday night due to an illness.

Gibson should be fine to take his turn in the Twins' spring rotation later this week. He is expected to open the season as Minnesota's fourth starter.
Mar 30 - 3:20 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno.

Webster registered an 8.18 ERA in five appearances this spring in the Cactus League. The 25-year-old righty owns a 6.25 ERA in 89 1/3 career major league innings.
Mar 30 - 3:17 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP AJ Schugel to Triple-A Reno.

Schugel was added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster last November so that the club could protect him from the December Rule 5 Draft. The right-hander should get a look in Arizona at some point this season.
Mar 30 - 3:14 PM

Diamondbacks optioned LHP Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Reno.

Reynolds pitched pretty well in the Cactus League this spring, but the Diamondbacks didn't have room for him in their bullpen. He'll act as organizational depth.
Mar 30 - 3:13 PM
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