Mets players to Omar Minaya: Go get us an ace!

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Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it:

“What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a
pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what we have,
it does nothing but make you better.”

Francisco Rodriguez is on board with that too, saying “another big name out there [i.e. in the rotation] would change the whole club and atmosphere.”  Mike Pelfrey agrees: “you’d definitely love to have those guys on your team. They’re elite.”

It would certainly be awesome for Mets fans if Minaya went out and got Cliff Lee. Just not nearly as awesome as the pic of Johan Santana holding a bowling ball painted up like a baseball in the linked article. Nice shirt too.

If the tags were working at this point I’d probably write something like “All right, I can see you don’t want to be cheered up here, Dude. Come on
Donny, let’s go get us a lane.”

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.