Wily Mo Pena

Wily Mo Pena signs minor league deal with the Mariners

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There were four teams interested, but Wily Mo Pena couldn’t get a major league deal after the Diamondbacks decided to part ways with him.  Instead, he signed with the Mariners on Wednesday, agreeing to a deal that would allow him to head back out into free agency if he isn’t called up in September.

Pena hit five homers in 46 at-bats before being let go by Arizona earlier this month.  Unfortunately, that came with just four singles and a 19/0 K/BB ratio, leaving him with an incredible .196/.196/.522 line.  Prior to that, he hit .363/.439/.726 with 21 homers in 237 at-bats for Triple-A Reno.

If Pena gets off to a good start for Tacoma, he might be called on to replace Jack Cust in Seattle.  Cust struck out three more times today and is hitting .213 with just three homers in 225 at-bats.  He’s fanned 87 times.

The Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25:  Marc Rzepczynski #35 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.

Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.

On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.

 

Video: Minor leaguer dives over the wall to rob a home run

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Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.

Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: