Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto.
Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base, Alonso will have a tough enough time being passable in left field.
This afternoon Tony Campana of the Cubs hit a line drive into left field, which Alonso proceeded to awkwardly play into an inside-the-park homer.
MLB.com has the amusing video, although sadly they haven’t enabled embedding on it. So, you know, you’ll have to actually click here to see it.
The Royals signed free agent reliever Justin Grimm to a one-year, $12.5 million deal, the club announced Sunday. Grimm can earn up to $300,000 in additional incentives, the specifics of which have yet to be disclosed.
The 29-year-old right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday. Prior to his release, he was slated to make $2.2 million after losing his arbitration case against the team. Grimm polished off a five-year campaign with the Cubs in 2017 and produced an unimpressive 5.53 ERA, 4.4 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 55 1/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was designated for assignment. He pitched in five games for the Royals this spring, racking up 13 hits, eight runs and seven strikeouts in seven innings.