While leaving the field following an ugly appearance Tuesday night Kerry Wood angrily threw his glove and hat into the stands, but MLB has decided not to discipline the Cubs reliever.
Wood turned the incident into a bigger deal by freaking out at reporters who asked about it afterward, replying: “Irrelevant, dude, and why the [bleep] would you even bring that up?”
Dale Sveum later said that he didn’t “condone” Wood’s behavior, but the manager added that “we all know in this game there is frustration that happens.”
There was presumably never any chance of Wood being suspended, but a fine wouldn’t have shocked anyone.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.
Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.
Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.