Minor League Deal Tracker: RHP Matt Bowman to Twins; Angels Get Vet Hunter Dozier; Yankees Sign Jose Rojas

Matt Bowman of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park on September 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

RHP Matt Bowman Signed With Minnesota Twins on January 18 – Bowman, 32, was born Chevy Chase, Md., and has played five seasons in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2016-18, the Cincinnati Reds in 2019, and the New York Yankees in 2023. 

Last season, Bowman played with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and the Yankees. Bowman posted a 4-1 record in Scranton throwing 58.2 innings with a 3.99 ERA in 49 appearances with five saves allowing 51 hits, 26 earned runs, five home runs, 30 walks, 58 strikeouts, and a 1.381 WHIP. 

With the Yankees, Bowman appeared in three games out of the bullpen, posting a 9.00 ERA, throwing four innings and allowing six hits, four earned runs, one home run, two walks, and three strikeouts. 

In Bowman’s five seasons in MLB, he has career record of 7-13 with a 4.13 ERA in 186 appearances, earning two saves and throwing 185.1 innings, allowing 173 hits, 85 earned runs, 15 home runs, 64 walks, 152 strikeouts and a 1.279 WHIP. 

RHP Ryan Burr Signs Minor League Contract With Philadelphia Phillies on January 18 Burr, 29, was born in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and has played four seasons in MLB with the Chicago White Sox from 2018-19 and 2021-22. 

Last season, Burr was with Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and appeared in 18 games with a 2-1 record and a 3.09 ERA, throwing 23.1 innings and allowing 20 hits, eight earned runs, two home runs, three walks, 23 strikeouts, and a 0.986 WHIP. 

During Burr’s four seasons in MLB, he has a record of 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA in 66 appearances, throwing 75 innings and allowing 65 hits, 34 earned runs, 12 home runs, 39 walks, 66 strikeouts, and a 1.387 WHIP. 

Utility Player Hunter Dozier Signs Minor League Deal With Los Angeles Angels – Dozier, 32, was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and has played seven seasons in MLB with the Kansas City Royals in 2016 and from 2018-23. His deal with the Angels includes an invite to Major League spring training.

Last season, Dozier played in 29 games in Kansas City and batted .183 with 15 hits, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBI, eight walks, and 29 strikeouts before he was released on May 27, 2023. 

In Dozier’s seven seasons in MLB, he has played in 595 games, batting .238 with 2,315 plate appearances smacking 498 hits, 108 doubles, 27 triples, 73 home runs, 235 RBI, 19 stolen bases, 193 walks, 621 strikeouts, and a .725 OPS. 

Infielder Jose Rojas Signs Minor League Deal With New York Yankees – Rojas, 30, was born in Anaheim, Calif and has played two seasons in MLB with the Los Angeles Angels from 2021-22. 

During the 2023-24 winter league season, Rojas played with the Charros de Jalisco in Liga ARCO Mexicana del Pacífico, appearing in 13 games and batting .457 with 16 hits, five doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks, and five strikeouts. 

Last season, Rojas played in the Korean Baseball Organization with the Doosan Bears, appearing in 122 games and batting .253 over 464 plate appearances with 102 hits, 24 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs, 65 RBI, 55 walks, 68 strikeouts, and a .819 OPS. 

In two seasons in MLB, Rojas played in 83 games, batting .188 with 241 plate appearances recording 42 hits, 16 doubles, six home runs, 16 RBI, 15 walks, 69 strikeouts and a .584 OPS. 

Outfielder Jordan Luplow Signs Minor League Deal With Atlanta Braves – Luplow, 30, was born in Visalia, Calif., and has played seven seasons in MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2017-18, the Cleveland Guardians from 2019-21, the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022, the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023, and the Minnesota Twins in 2023. 

Last season, Luplow started 2023 with the Blue Jays and also split time between Triple-A Buffalo. Luplow played in seven games in Toronto and batted .214 with 17 plate appearances recording three hits, one RBI, three walks, and eight strikeouts. 

With Triple-A Buffalo, Luplow played in 48 games hitting .239 with 208 plate appearances smacking 42 hits, 11 doubles, eight home runs, 31 RBI, 25 walks, and 35 strikeouts. 

In Luplow’s seven seasons in the MLB, he has played in 362 games with a lifetime average at .212 in 1,060 plate appearances recorded 195 hits, 40 doubles, six triples, 47 home runs, 125 RBI, 126 walks, 264 strikeouts, and a .737 OPS.

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