Dodgers call up hot-hitting Alex Castellanos from Triple-A

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Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos has been making a mockery of Triple-A, hitting .379 with a .476 on-base percentage and .759 slugging percentage in 22 games, and now he’s on his way to the majors.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are calling up Castellanos, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade last season and has moved back to second base this year after previously shifting to the outfield.

In addition to this season’s ridiculous Triple-A numbers he also hit .320 with 23 homers and a .958 OPS in 125 games at Double-A last season, so Castellanos has been mashing for a year-and-a-half after some pretty underwhelming production prior to that.

He’s a little old for a prospect at 25, but it’s tough to ignore someone hitting .350 with power for going on 150 games and the Dodgers figure to give him an extended look at second base.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.