As if there weren't enough reasons to stay away from the Reds-Pirates game

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A late Septemeber day game between two of the worst teams in baseball is usually all it takes to send attendance to record lows, but world leaders have literally united to make attending today’s Reds-Pirates game even less appealing:

Those arriving at PNC Park for this afternoon’s Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds will face increased security, the team’s president said.

The team heightened security all week in light of the Group of 20 economic summit across the Allegheny River at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. But measures at the North Shore stadium will be particularly high today and tomorrow, President Frank Coonelly said.

The Pirates added extra security inside and outside the ballpark, and fans will be scanned with metal-detecting wands at the gates.

Given what has happened at previous world economic summits, the extra security is probably smart. Bonus effect: any Pirates season ticket holders who had planned on attempting suicide during the game — which would be completely understandable, I might add — will now have to put it off until next week.   

Blue Jays acquire Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals

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The Blue Jays announced on Friday that the club acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.

Grichuk, 26, became expendable when the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins. With veteran Dexter Fowler in right field and Tommy Pham — who finished 11th in NL MVP Award balloting last season — in center, Grichuk was effectively pushed to the bench. He will get a shot at regular playing time in an outfield corner with the Jays. Grichuk has had solid numbers since debuting in 2014, but he hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of his 2015 campaign. Last year, he hit .238/.285/.473 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 442 plate appearances.

Grichuk will earn $2.8 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for two more years before becoming a free agent.

Leone, 26, posted an impressive 2.56 ERA with an 81/23 K/BB ratio across 70 1/3 innings last season. The right-hander will earn $1.085 million this season and then will become arbitration-eligible for the next three years. Leone certainly helps bolster the Cardinals’ bullpen and may work his way up to high-leverage innings behind closer Luke Gregerson.

Greene, 22, was selected by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. This past season, with Double-A New Hampshire, Greene compiled a 5.29 ERA with a 92/83 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. He throws hard, but control has been a big issue for the right-hander throughout his minor league career. The Cardinals may think they can help turn him around.