Brandon Beachy in no hurry to sign
The link above goes to the first in a series of tweets from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, relaying a statement from Rob Martin, who represents Brandon Beachy. To save you the trip to Rosenthal’s timeline, here is the quoted statement in its entirety:
“Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training.”
Beachy’s throwing program, of course, is an attempt to rehab from his second Tommy John surgery, which took place on March 21st, 2014. His first surgery was on June 21st, 2012.
Based on Martin’s statement, we might infer that the 28-year-old Beachy is a bit behind former teammate Kris Medlen—a fellow two-time UCL tear victim—in his recovery, or is considered less of a sure thing to rediscover his old form. Medlen went under the knife three days before Beachy last March, though his first Tommy John procedure took place back in August of 2010.
The Royals nabbed Medlen on a two-year, $8.5 million contract on December 14th, eager to buy low on a pitcher who’s demonstrated mid-rotation ability. Medlen amassed 3.1 WARP in a swingman role in 2012 and 2.1 WARP in full-time rotation duty the following year; Beachy is more of a back-end type whose best season to date was a 1.9 WARP effort in 2011.
In any case, assuming Beachy is done kicking the can down the road, we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out his landing spot. Pitchers and catchers are due to report in about three weeks, so assuming Beachy intends to stay on schedule, he has some 20 days left to make up his mind.
The delay might reflect a struggle on Martin’s part to secure a major-league guarantee, considering that Beachy was said to be soliciting final offers after a slew of throwing sessions earlier this month. Stay tuned to see if further progress convinces a team to pony up in the next few weeks.
MRI on Jurickson Profar’s shoulder looks promising
We’re stretching the definition of “rumor” even further here, from agent’s statement to player’s medicals, but such is life at the end of January. On the bright side, it could be big news for the Rangers.
A lost season for Texas’ erstwhile top prospect, who suffered a partial tear of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder, is giving way to a much better offseason, with the latest headlines from Arlington suggesting that his recovery is on track. Profar, who turns 22 on February 20th, is expected to take the next step in his rehab during the coming week after an MRI showed the requisite healing.
Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest noted that Profar will extend his throwing sessions from 60 feet to 75 feet and begin to take dry swings. Obviously, there are still multiple hurdles for the infielder to clear between now and Opening Day, but those who are sitting on Profar as a post-injury sleeper for 2015 and beyond can only be encouraged by this news.
The Rangers’ 2014 campaign went down the tubes along with Profar’s, as the injury bug never let up, dismantling the roster from spring training through September. They could make do with Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Rougned Odor—who sits right on Profar’s tail as the no. 2 under-25 player in the organization—at second base, but bringing their best young asset back into the fold would advance their attempt to rebound from a calamitous 67-95 finish.
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