Gerry Davis has been named crew chief for the umpires assigned to the World Series and he’ll be behind the plate for Game 1, setting a new MLB record with his 112th career postseason game.
Other members of Davis’ crew include Brian Gorman, Fieldin Culbreth, Dan Iassogna, Brian O’Nora, and Joe West, whose inclusion is sure to raise some eyebrows considering his well-earned reputation as an attention-seeking instigator with a short fuse. He had an incident with the Tigers just two months ago.
Davis and West have each worked five World Series and combine for 64 years of MLB umpiring experience, while Iassogna and O’Nora will be working their first World Series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they’ve acquired minor league catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya.
Murphy has played in 141 major league games across four seasons, three with the Yankees, one with Minnesota. He has spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A, hitting .222/.298/.330 with four home runs and 27 RBI over 59 games. Which is not significantly different than what he did in the bigs. He’s 26 and will serve as organizational depth for Arizona.
Moya is a 22 year-old lefty who has been the closer for the Dbacks’ Double-A team. He’s had a fantastic 2017 season, posting a 0.82 ERA and a 68/12 K/BB ratio in 43.2 innings.
The White Sox have traded multiple relievers recently. They just traded another, sending lefty Dan Jennings to the Rays for first baseman Casey Gillaspie.
Jennings has a 3.45 ERA and a 38/19 K/BB ratio in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely serve as a setup man with Tampa Bay. He’s more than a rental, as he’s under team control for two more years.
Gillaspie, 24, is hitting .227/.296/.357 with nine home runs in 395 plate appearances at Triple-A. He hit much better in 2016 at Triple-A, however, and made it on some top-100 prospects lists. What the White Sox’ plans for him are with Jose Abreu around, however, are unclear.