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.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.