Mark Bowman at MLB.com has his latest ramblings up about the Braves. It’s mostly about their potential offseason moves. Stop me if you’ve heard this before:
- They need an outfielder, but don’t want to spend any money;
- They could trade for one, but they need to find someone willing to take on Kenshin Kawakami or Derek Lowe’s contract; and
- They’re likely going to end up with some toolsy outfielder “with warts.”
Even less than inspiring is when Bowman says that the Braves would certainly consider a trade for Colby Rasmus, but really would prefer a right-handed bat. I sure hope that’s not the team’s actual thinking. Because while, sure, it’d be nice to have some lefty-righty action in the lineup, doesn’t there come a point where a platoon advantage is far outweighed by the overall quality of the wrong-handed batter? I mean, Jeff Francoeur is a righty, but I somehow don’t see him as preferable to Rasmus. Not that the Cardinals are gonna trade Rasmus anyway. Because they are not insane. I’m just grumpy.
Oh well. The whole column is worth reading anyway, if for no other reason than for this passage:
There has sense been some reason to believe that Kawakami would rather continue pitching in the United States. The Yomuri Giants were believed to be one of the clubs interested in the 34-year-old right-hander. Kawakami has said that he doesn’t like pitching in the Tokyo Dome, which serves as the Giants home. My only response to that is, “Would he rather pitch in Gwinnett County’s Coolray Field?
John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.
The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.
Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.
The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.
Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.