Just yesterday, we learned that Jose Canseco was evicted from his apartment. Forced to seek refuge in a friend’s garage, the former baseball player/current exhibition boxer claimed that he would “play softball for food.”
I’m not sure who the Laredo Broncos are, exactly, but they have signed Canseco to a short-term contract, according to the Associated Press. It’s not quite softball, but it’s pretty darn close.
Canseco will serve as bench coach and designated hitter during two of the Broncos’ upcoming homestands beginning Monday. I’m sure the shadow government that really runs major league baseball will find a way to ruin this promising opportunity for him.
Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow today. The procedure was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.
Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66.2 innings. That line was, obviously, a function of the bum nerve in the bum elbow. Trouble aside, Matz is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.
Back in April the Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. He cleared waivers, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and proceeded to hit .312/.352/.506 in 84 minor league games, leading to the Mariners calling him up on July 30.
In 19 games since then he’s hit a bit better than he did back in April, but not great: .230/.266/.426. So they just designated him for assignment again. The Rainers only have six more games this season, so he’s likely not going back there. Given that he’s arbitration eligible and the M’s are unlikely to tender him a contract, he’s likely to elect free agency once he clears waivers. Which he will, because he’s making nearly $5 million this year.
Odd year for Martin, who will likely be competing for a roster spot someplace next spring.