Davey Johnson on Joe Maddon: “I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss”

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Joe Maddon had all kinds of harsh words for Davey Johnson and the Nationals after the Joel Peralta glove/pine tar incident last night, and today Johnson fired back at the Rays manager.

When asked about Maddon’s contention that many pitchers have pine tar on their gloves, Johnson replied: “My only comment to them is just read the rule book.”

And then when asked what he thought of Maddon and his comments that the Nationals were “cowardly” and pulled “a chickens*** move” by calling the umpires’ attention to Peralta’s glove, Johnson told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: “I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways.”

Should be a fun game tonight!

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.