Two days later, Indians reclaim infielder Wes Hodges

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Wes Hodges, the Indians’ second-round pick in 2006, was reclaimed on waivers Thursday after being lost to the Rockies just two days earlier.
The Indians originally designated Hodges for assignment on July 27, back when they still had Kerry Wood, Jhonny Peralta, Jake Westbrook, and Austin Kearns all occupying 40-man roster spots. Suddenly free of their roster jam, they were happy to take him back after the Rockies tried to slip him through waivers.
Hodges was considered expendable initially after hitting just .270/.316/.423 in 366 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. The Georgia Tech product looked like a strong prospect through 2008, but there were always questions about his ability to stay at third base and he’s been a big disappointment offensively since moving to first base last year. Because he turns 26 next month, he has to be considered a long shot to make it in the majors.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.