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.

Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

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As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.

Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.

Video: Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hits an inside-the-park grand slam

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Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.

Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.

Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:

Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.

Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.