Funny anecdote about Chipper Jones and Adam Dunn from Dave O’Brien of the AJC, arising out of the observation that Dunn, despite hitting his usual taters, is on a historic strikeout pace:
“I texted him this morning,” Jones said Wednesday in Chicago, smiling as the recounted their exchange, “and said, Dunner, you’re going to be the first major leaguer to strike out 300 times and hit 100 homers.”
“And he texted me back: Maybe you can come here to Chicago and give me the signs from second base.”
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.