Lyle Overbay clears waivers, but has right to block any trade

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Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay has cleared waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. That means he’s free to be traded to any team, except former general manager J.P. Ricciardi inexplicably gave Overbay a no-trade clause as part of his four-year, $24 million deal signed in 2007 and so he can veto any move.
Overbay is owed about $2 million for the remainder of this season and according to MLB Trade Rumors he doesn’t project as a Type A or Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays would presumably be willing to trade him for just about anything of value.
He’s hit .271/.351/.444 in four seasons in Toronto, but is batting just .250/.329/.422 with 13 homers in 112 games this season at age 33 and isn’t much of a defender at first base. Morosi speculates that he could be a fit in Tampa Bay depending on Carlos Pena’s health status.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.