Jeremy Guthrie is still funny

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We first discovered this a year ago, but it’s nice to know Coors Field didn’t sap Jeremy Guthrie of his sense of humor.

Upon being traded to the Royals today, Guthrie immediately sought to endear himself to his new team’s fanbase:

Hopefully, Guthrie is able to rebound back in the AL after his miserable stint with the Rockies. Getting to work in a pitcher’s park in a mediocre division should do him a lot of good.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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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.