Giants sign a pair of relievers to minor-league deals
With games getting ready to start we are still waiting for a few big shoes to drop in free agency. As we wait, teams are still loading up on minor-league deals on some solid veterans that should probably be getting more than that minor-league deal. The Giants grabbed a couple of relievers on Thursday, and one of them seems as though they could have and should have done better. That would be Nick Vincent, who was the first of the two to agree to his minor-league pact. The former Mariners righty has never quite been a star, to be fair, but he’s been a very, very good setup man for a long time. He’s the quintessential seventh inning arm. Over his seven-year career, he’s never had an ERA of 4.00 or higher (to be fair his ERA in 2018 was 3.99), he’s had one year with a FIP of 4.00 or higher and only two with one over 3.00, and only one year with a DRA of 4.00 or higher. Over his career, he’s pitched to a 3.17 ERA with a 3.07 FIP and a 3.21 DRA. Again, Vincent is not someone for whom the fanbase will go crazy over with excitement, but he’s a very solid addition. A minor-league deal for him is a steal.
The other part of this is that old friend Fernando Abad also signed with the Giants. I had totally forgotten about Abad and really wasn’t even aware he was still pitching. In fact, he didn’t pitch in any affiliated ball last year, with his last appearance at any level coming with the Red Sox in 2017. This is because, and again I totally forgot about this, he failed a PED test last year and was suspended for 80 games. Abad will try to come back with the Giants. I wouldn’t bet on it happening, though he was a little better than he got credit for in Boston. John Farrell’s insistence on using him against righties killed his numbers at times.
Jed Lowrie to get MRI on ailing knee
More news from an old friend. The Mets had a big offseason this year highlighted by the additions of Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó, but they also boosted their infield by signing Jed Lowrie. There were many here who wanted to sign the former Red Sox utility man given the question marks surrounding Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Núñez and Rafael Devers. It wasn’t unfair, but it also was never realistic. One of the reasons Lowrie has not made a bigger name for himself over his career has been his injury history, and it’s already catching up to him now. He has been dealing with a sore knee, and the Mets are sending him back to New York for an MRI. Hopefully this is nothing serious, but the Mets are going to treat an early injury like this with caution.