In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A:
According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later.
Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in 187 plate appearances this season and hasn’t homered since 2009, but he’s capable of playing above-average defense at a variety of infield positions and might be a useful bench piece down the stretch for Atlanta.
In fact, we may as well label him now as Dan Uggla’s personal late-innings defensive replacement.
Wilson played 45 games at second base, 13 games at shortstop and one full game at the hot corner this year for the last-place Mariners. He’s joining a team that leads the National League Wild Card by a healthy margin and will be looking to appear in a postseason game for the first time in his 11-year MLB career.
Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a bruised heel but should be ready to rock soon.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.