Numerous teams attend Madson workout
Madson hasn't seen big league action in two years now, with his last season coming as a 30-year-old in Philadelphia. He was effective when on the field, racking up 32 saves that season to go with a 2.37 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 60 2/3s innings. Madson attacks hitters with a fastball-change up combination, and had one of the better offspeed offerings in the league when healthy.
Zumaya hangs up the cleats
The 29-year-old reliever had not pitched since 2010, when he posted a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 frames, recording 34 strikeouts. He had suffered myriad maladies in his short career, ranging from a ruptured tendon in his middle finger to a AC joint separation to a fracture in his shoulder and elbow, and ultimately, Tommy John surgery. He finishes with a 3.05 ERA and 210 strikeouts against 114 walks in 209 2/3 innings, all with the Detroit Tigers.
Wheeler calls it a career
Reliever Dan Wheeler decided to retire on Friday, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.
The 13-year veteran is done after spending 2013 at Triple-A for the Kansas City Royals. While there he compiled a 9.00 ERA in 15 innings, giving up 28 hits in the process. Wheeler last appeared in the majors in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, but he sported an unsightly 8.76 ERA. He ends up with a career 3.98 ERA in 640 2/3 innings, recording double-digit saves three times in his career. He spent parts of seven seasons with the Rays organization.
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Miami designates Paredes for assignment
Paredes was claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros earlier this offseason. The 25-year-old has a career line of .234/.274/.311 in 396 major league plate appearances. Paredes can play third base in addition to corner outfield and could get plucked off of waivers once again. Here's hoping he's the next Sandy Rosario.