During their press conferences yesterday Andy Pettitte spoke about how expects to feel pitching on three days’ rest and Pedro Martinez jokingly encouraged the media to praise him now rather than waiting until he dies:
After attending Martinez’s press conference several of my favorite media members posted notes on Twitter
marveling at how entertaining the future Hall of Famer had been. The above video features one of the highlights, but you can read the entire transcript by clicking here
The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.
Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.
Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.