Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora.
The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence of Ryan Roberts swiftly sent the longtime Oriole to the bench and he batted just .205/.220/.244 after May 1.
Mora may seek out a spot with another organization but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal. A native of Yaracuy, Venezuela, he has played 13 major league seasons — 10 of them for Baltimore.
Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.
Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.
Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.
As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.
But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:
Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.
But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.