According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, MLB has suspended B.J. Upton for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions during Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Upton argued with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on the night and was called out looking three times, so his frustration clearly boiled over. Upton had to be restrained by third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez.
Upton has elected to appeal and is in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Orioles, but tells the Tampa Tribune that he plans to serve the suspension during a series against the Indians next week.
The New York Yankees have traded third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report the trade. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report that Blash was coming back in return.
Headley, a third baseman, hit .273/.352/.406 for the Yankees last year. He, of course, played for the Padres from 2007 through the middle of 2014, when he was dealt to New York. Mitchell has pitched 48 games for the Yankees, most from the pen, over four seasons, with an ERA of 4.94 in 98.1 innings. He doesn’t strike out many and he walks a lot. He throws hard.
Blash, an outfielder, has hit .200/.323/.336 with eight homers in 279 big league plate appearances. Blash has shown a lot of power potential in the minors, but has not yet put it together in the bigs. Given what the Yankees have in their outfield at the moment, he’s going to be organizational depth or, perhaps, a chit in a future trade.
This would seem to be an exercise in salary clearing by the Yankees in anticipation of another move, as it takes about $13 million off of their payroll. Which is about how much was added to their payroll for 2018 in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. That could get Todd Frazier back for them, perhaps. Or it could help them retain CC Sabathia or go after another starting pitcher. The club likewise maintains an interest in getting under the $197 million payroll threshold which would trigger yet another year of 50% luxury tax payments for the Yankees.