The Rays' "reallocation of resources"

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Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg will not stand for anyone accusing his team of dumping salary. His comments yesterday when asked if the Scott Kazmir trade was just that:

“I think any real fan who looked at it could clearly see that it’s not
a salary dump . . . We live within our
means. It’s a reallocation of resources.”

The Rays had some good baseball reasons to trade Kazmir, and
actually got a nice return for a guy who has not lived up to his
billing for a couple of years now.  Why Sternberg couldn’t say that, albeit in more polite terms, rather than trot out defensive and contradictory euphemisms is beyond me.

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.