The Red Sox lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday to a fractured foot. On Saturday they lessened the blow of that loss, aggressively acquiring utilityman Eric Patterson from the A’s in exchange for minor league left-hander Fabian Williamson. This according to the Boston Herald.
Williamson isn’t much of a catch for Oakland. Since coming over from Seattle in a 2009 trade involving David Aardsma, the 21-year-old southpaw has made very little progress in the minor league ranks. He had a 3.72 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP through 65.1 innings for Single-A Salem at the time of Saturday’s swap and has never even sniffed Double-A. He may have trouble working his way up the ladder to the major leagues.
Patterson is no prize, either, but he has played some second base in the big leagues and can fill in for Pedroia at the position until the Red Sox come up with a better alternative. He was hitting just .204/.255/.408 with 11 extra-base hits in 103 at-bats when the A’s designated him for assignment last week.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.