Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

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Joe West mask.JPEGBruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating:

“We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at
every game,” said Watson. “We will review all information available and
make a determination on what needs to be done.”

That suggest to me that they’re investigating West, not just figuring out whether Ozzie Guillen needs to be fined (why else would the umpire supervisor get mentioned?).  Of course since Major League Baseball never announces umpire discipline we may not know what happens to West, but I’m encouraged that they at least appear to be open to the possibility that he acted like a horse’s ass yesterday.

In other news, The Common Man — who has been on a roll with this umpire business lately — has a post up over at IIATMS asking whether Joe West has bigger problems than his on-field behavior. Like, say, using his fame as an umpire to boost his country music career.

Report: Red Sox expected to announce J.D. Martinez signing on Monday

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Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.

Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.