Wily Mo given the ol’ heave-ho

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Say it ain’t so.

As expected, the Diamondbacks called up Brandon Allen and designated Juan Miranda for assignment Friday.  They also made a second series of moves, activating Geoff Blum from the disabled list and designating The Man, The Legend, The Wily Mo Pena.

Pena goes despite hitting five homers in 46 at-bats for the Diamondbacks.  Of course, those five homers came with just four other hits and a 19/0 K/BB ratio, giving him a ridiculous .196/.196/.522 line.

Still, one has to think that Pena showed enough to entice some American League team, right?  His homers were lasers, and he hit an incredible .363/.439/.726 with 21 homers in 271 at-bats for Triple-A Reno before his callup.

Alas, the Diamondbacks simply didn’t see Pena as an outfielder and they didn’t see him making a real contribution while getting three or four at-bats per week as a pinch-hitter.

And they were probably right.  But hopefully someone picks him up.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?