MLB’s Rob Manfred says there’s no discussion about eliminating non-player pensions


Yesterday Adam Rubin reported that MLB owners are poised to vote to eliminate the pension plan which covers non-uniformed employees. Last night Bob Nightengale tweeted thusly:


“No discussion” is an interesting way to put it. That could mean it’s not happening. It could mean that it’s something being considered among owners without Manfred or MLB in the loop. It could mean that it’s all on paper.

Given the importance of this issue to so many working people in MLB offices and out scouting in the fields, perhaps a statement affirmatively saying that their pensions are secure would be the way to go, if that is indeed the case.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.