As expected the Red Sox dropped Julio Lugo from the roster this afternoon by designating him for assignment, which means that they have 10 days to either trade or release him.
Finding a trade partner is still possible if the Red Sox are willing to
eat nearly all of Lugo’s remaining contract, which pays him $9 million
this season and another $9 million in 2010. He’s hitting reasonably
well at .284/.352/.367 and his lack of range following knee surgery
would be less of an issue with a move to second base, but at this point
an outright release seems more likely.
Jed Lowrie is set to come off the disabled list tomorrow after missing
three months following wrist surgery, so he’ll take over at shortstop
with Nick Green moving into the utility man role that best suits his
skills. Signed to a four-year, $36 million deal in December of 2006,
Lugo ended up hitting .251/.319/.346 while rating 6.1 runs below average defensively and sitting out 35 percent of the Red Sox’s games.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.