Quote of the Day: Ron Washington might spank Derek Holland

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Jeff Fletcher of ESPNDallas.com asked Ron Washington what he’d do if Derek Holland has a second straight miserable start:

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn’t expect Derek Hollandto have any sort of hangover from his miserable start last time on the mound. But if he does …

“I’m going to pull off my belt and throw him across my lap and give him a spanking,” Washington said with a smile.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.