So I’m minding my own business a few minutes ago when Gleeman IM’s me, asking me if the Braves actually called up Julio Lugo. His comment:
Swear to god i assumed it was a different Lugo. no way they’d call up the same guy … I figured they had some 21-year-old at AA or something.
So yeah, that’s pretty much the state of Atlanta’s organizational depth that they need to call up a guy with a bad glove who is hitting .231/.286/.365 in AAA at the age of 35. And who was shipped out by multiple teams over the past few years because of alleged attitude problems. Sadder still: Lugo is probably more valuable as a backup infielder than the guy he’s replacing. Diory Hernandez is hitting .212/.212/.333.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.