With the Scott Sizemore acquisition giving the A’s more infielders than they can play at Triple-A Sacramento, Oakland sent Steve Tolleson to the Padres today for a player to be named.
Tolleson went unclaimed on waivers this spring despite a nice track record. The 27-year-old was hitting .274/.388/.394 with five homers and eight steals for Sacramento this season. He came in at .332/.412/.503 last year and also hit a respectable .286/.340/.408 in 49 major league at-bats for the A’s.
Tolleson’s problem is that he isn’t much of a shortstop. However, he has plenty of experience both there and second base and he’s also seen time at third and in the outfield this year. With his on-base skills, one would think he’d be a useful player on an NL team. The Padres will stick him in Triple-A for now, but they could soon have him replace another former A’s prospect in Eric Patterson.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger, 21, is considered the Dodgers’ best prospect and No. 10 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was hitting .343/.429/.627 with five home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 77 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are dealing with a slew of injuries to their outfielders — most recently losing Joc Pederson to a strained groin — so Bellinger is likely to get regular playing time there.
The Marlins are on the last leg of a nine-game road trip that started in Seattle, took them through San Diego, and now has them in Philadelphia. If the hectic travel schedule weren’t punishing enough, the NFL Draft has heaped some more difficulty onto the Marlins’ trip.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, because the NFL booked all of the hotels in Philadelphia ahead of the draft (which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday), the Marlins have to stay at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
At least the city of Wilmington is welcoming the Marlins with open arms: