Rangers turn down Wilson-for-Snyder swap

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According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers turned down the Diamondbacks’ offer of catcher Chris Snyder for reliever C.J. Wilson.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s uncertain health status has the Rangers in the market for catching help, which is why they brought in Ivan Rodriguez down the stretch, but Snyder is owed $11.25 million over the next two seasons and hit just .200/.333/.352 while missing most of 2009 following back surgery.
When healthy he’s a solid starting catcher, but in his absence 25-year-old Miguel Montero emerged as the Diamondbacks’ long-term answer behind the plate and they’d likely move Snyder for quite a bit less than Wilson, who’s been one of the league’s best relievers in two of the past three seasons. It won’t be surprising if Snyder is dealt, but it will be surprising if Arizona gets that much value for him.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.

James Paxton has a fantastic new nickname

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James Paxton of the Mariners is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 39 strikeouts and only six walks in 32.1 innings of work over five starts. Last night he shut the Tigers down, tossing seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only four hits. With Felix Hernandez looking less than king-like lately, Paxton is asserting himself as the new ace of the Seattle staff.

And now the tall Canadian native has a nickname to match his ace-like status:

“Pax was really outstanding and we certainly needed it,” manager Scott Servais said of the Canadian southpaw. “Big Maple is what he was nicknamed tonight and I kind of like that. He was awesome.”

“Big Maple” is a fantastic nickname. That’s the sort of nickname guys used to get back when nicknames were great. Before managers just put “y” at the end of dudes’ names and before the “First Initial-First Three Letters of The Last Name” convention took hold in the wake of A-Rod.

“Big Maple.” That makes me smile. I’m gonna be smiling all dang day because of that.