RP - STL
The Nationals have signed reliever T.J. McFarland to a minor league deal.
Full terms of the deal are unknown, but McFarland will likely head to Spring Training and compete for a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 31-year-old spent 2020 with Oakland, posting a 4.35 ERA over 23 games. He allowed 10 runs on 26 hits through 20.2 innings, walking five batters and striking out just nine along the way.
T.J. McFarland took over for Kris Medlen in the fifth inning Friday and gave up a run on five hits while striking out three hitters.
McFarland will continue to be the Diamondbacks long man out of the pen. At this point he has very little fantasy value.
T.J. McFarland pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.
Since McFarland pitched in relief in this game that might be a sign that he will not be shifted over to the starting rotation. McFarland has been decent in the Dbacks bullpen but has very little fantasy value at this point.
T.J. McFarland might be replacing Robbie Ray (Oblique) in the starting rotation.
Robbie Ray was placed on the DL with a grade 2 oblique strain Monday and manager Torey Lovullo has indicated he may shift McFarland over to the starting rotation due to his success so far this season across 16 innings of long relief.
T.J. McFarland pitched a solid two innings Saturday allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
McFarland has been very useful in the Diamondback bullpen, but only has some value in deep NL-only leagues that uses true middle relievers.