The Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Group have inked right-hander Drew Gagnon to a $650Ok contract with a $200Ok signing bonus, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net experiences. The Tigers additionally re-signed outfielder Preston Tucker on a $550Ok wage with a $300Ok bonus. The Mets launched the 29-year-old Gagnon in late November, which got here after a pair temporary however tough seasons in New York. Gagnon pitched to a 7.32 ERA throughout a mixed 35 2/Three innings as a Met, however he did have a productive 2019 on the Triple-A stage. Tucker, additionally 29, didn’t hit a lot in main league stints with the Astros, Braves or Reds, although he carried out properly after leaving the White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate final Might to move to Korea. In his first 12 months as a Tiger, Tucker batted .311/.381/.479 with 9 dwelling runs in 399 plate appearances.
Now for the most recent minor strikes from the bigs…
- The Angels introduced that right-hander Jose Rodriguez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. The transfer leaves the Angels with one open spot on their 40-man roster. The 24-year-old Rodriguez made his main league debut in 2019, and although he managed a 2.75 ERA throughout that 19 2/3-inning span, he additionally totaled nearly as many walks (11) as strikeouts (13). Moreover, Rodriguez had problem throughout 44 1/Three frames on the Triple-A stage, the place he stumbled to a 6.29 ERA with 9.14 Ok/9 and 4.47 BB/9.
- In one other Angels transaction, the membership signed lefty Hoby Milner to a minor league contract, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com tweets. Whereas Milner spent the earlier two seasons with the Rays, the ex-Phillie didn’t log a lot main league time in both marketing campaign. However the 28-year-old amassed loads of spectacular innings final season as a member of Triple-A Durham, with which he labored to a 3.06 ERA and recorded 12.99 Ok/9 in opposition to 1.9 BB/9 over 61 2/Three frames.
- The Marlins have picked up infielder Gosuke Katoh on a minors deal, Wells Dusenbury of the Solar Sentinel writes. His settlement comes with an invite to huge league spring coaching. Notably, there are actually members of the Miami entrance workplace who had been in New York’s FO when the Yankees picked Katoh within the second spherical of the 2013 draft. Evidenced partly by his excessive choice (No. 66), Katoh was as soon as a extremely promising prospect. Whereas Katoh hasn’t made it to the majors since then, the 25-year-old did have a pleasant season in 2019. In his first motion on the Triple-A stage, Katoh slashed .279/.382/.443 with 11 homers and eight steals in 308 PA.
- The Mets have signed catcher David Rodriguez to a minors pact with an invite to MLB camp, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Rodriguez, 23, spent his first seven skilled seasons within the Rays’ system, making it to the Double-A stage in every of the previous two years. He hit .225/.303/.366 with seven homers over 295 PA in 2019.