The best screen cap you’re going to see all day comes courtesy of Flip Flip Fly Ballin’. I’m sure a night like Tejada had on Monday is going to totally stoke his trade value. C’mon, Detroit! You know you want him!
Other wonderfulness from Flip Flop: A series of pixel drawings of baseball greats. Well, they’re not all greats — he’s got one of Joe West — but they’re all inspired. I think the Jayson Werth is the best. If I had seen these back when I was playing Atari Baseball on my old 2600 I would have plotzed. Wait, who am I kidding. I saw it just 15 minutes ago and I plotzed.
(thanks to reader Bryan P. for the heads up)
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.