Evan Longoria out of Rays’ lineup with discomfort in left side

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Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that third baseman Evan Longoria is missing from the Rays’ starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners due to tightness in his left side.

Longoria actually made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of the discomfort, which may be related to the left oblique strain that caused him to miss 28 games earlier this season.

The Rays are going to play this one safe, though all indications point to the 25-year-old avoiding another stint on the 15-day disabled list. Felipe Lopez started at third base on Sunday afternoon against Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard. The Rays don’t have an off day Monday.

Longoria is batting .239/.351/.425 with four home runs and 12 RBI this season. He’s played in only 32 games.

Yankees trade Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for Jabari Blash

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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.