Tal Smith upset with how Astros fired him after 35 years

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Tal Smith spent 35 years in the Astros organization prior to being fired last night and the longtime team president told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’s upset with how the situation unfolded.

Smith admitted to seeing the writing on the wall once Jim Crane named George Postolos the president of his new ownership group, but wasn’t officially informed of his firing until after the news had leaked to the media and was let go without speaking to Crane at any point in the past three months.

Smith also made it very clear that he has no plans to retire at age 78 and would even consider rejoining the Astros in a different role.

However, he doesn’t expect that to happen and when asked if he’ll be involved in the Astros’ upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, Smith replied: “I doubt I’ll be asked.”

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.