Apparently Ruben Amaro apparently woke up today and said “I think I wanna aggravate my entire fan base.”
The Ross thing would anger the hardcore rah-rah Phillies fans who are likely still mad at Ross for abusing Roy Halladay in the 2010 playoffs. The Hamilton thing would anger the more stats-oriented guys who worry about albatross contracts and locking up players past their prime.
I mean, on some level they’d like it because it could refresh the Ryan Howard trolling which is a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone trusts Ruben Amaro not to overpay Hamilton.
Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.
Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.
I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.
Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.
Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.