Carlos Guillen’s agent Wilfredo Polidor told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Royals, Marlins, Twins, Athletics and Mariners have expressed interest in his client. The link is in Spanish, so you might just have to take my word for it.
Guillen, 36, batted just .232/.265/.368 with three home runs, 13 RBI and a .633 OPS over 102 plate appearances with the Tigers this season.
Guillen hasn’t appeared in more than 113 games since the 2008 season due to a laundry list of injuries, but Polidor told Rojas that his client is “working like an animal in Miami” in hopes of latching on somewhere as a utility man. While Polidor insists that Guillen is drawing interest, one wonders how many teams will be willing to give him a guaranteed major-league contract at this point.
Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.
Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.
The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.
James Paxton of the Mariners is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 39 strikeouts and only six walks in 32.1 innings of work over five starts. Last night he shut the Tigers down, tossing seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only four hits. With Felix Hernandez looking less than king-like lately, Paxton is asserting himself as the new ace of the Seattle staff.
And now the tall Canadian native has a nickname to match his ace-like status:
“Pax was really outstanding and we certainly needed it,” manager Scott Servais said of the Canadian southpaw. “Big Maple is what he was nicknamed tonight and I kind of like that. He was awesome.”
“Big Maple” is a fantastic nickname. That’s the sort of nickname guys used to get back when nicknames were great. Before managers just put “y” at the end of dudes’ names and before the “First Initial-First Three Letters of The Last Name” convention took hold in the wake of A-Rod.
“Big Maple.” That makes me smile. I’m gonna be smiling all dang day because of that.