A couple of minor transactions here, via ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla.
The White Sox have inked right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay to minor league contracts and have invited both to spring training.
Kinney began his career in the independent leagues, then broke into the majors in 2006 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 25 innings as the Cardinals won the World Series. Tommy John surgery derailed his career for a few seasons after that, but he registered a 1.80 ERA, 51/17 K/BB ratio and 0.98 WHIP over 60 frames last year at Triple-A Memphis and could find his way into Chicago’s bullpen with a strong showing at spring training.
Lindsay is a 25-year-old native of Australia. He has yet to reach the major leagues and is probably going to begin the 2011 season at Triple-A Charlotte. 2010 saw him post an ugly 5.80 ERA and 2.11 WHIP across 40.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
The Rays were set to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game, but as Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports, the slugger requested it be canceled out of respect for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who tragically died early Sunday morning in a boating accident.
Ortiz was seen tearing up as the Rays remembered Fernandez and held a moment of silence:
Kudos to Ortiz for doing the right thing.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer RBI in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.