Pirates-Mariners make a deal

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A deal, a deal!

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that they have acquired
first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and right-handed
pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock from the Seattle
Mariners organization in exchange for shortstop Jack Wilson and
right-handed pitcher Ian Snell.

The Mariners were talking about Wilson months ago, though now that
they’re really out of the race, I don’t know why they went through with
it. Clement could be useful for the Pirates. Ian Snell is abusing AAA
hitters, but the question is whether he can get his head back in the
Major League game.

Fun deal. I like it when a lot of bodies change teams.

UPDATE: Wait, my Pirate-fu is weak, and I had
forgotten that the Bucs are playing Garrett Jones, thus rendering
Clement’s playing time an open question. Go read Dan Szymborski’s breakdown.
It’s way better than anything I can do. I’ll say, though, that I think
Seattle sees more in Ian Snell than a fifth starter. They shouldn’t,
but I can’t help but think that they’re wowed by his handful of AAA
performances.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.