HBT Daily: a real rivalry weekend is ahead of us

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We were treated to interleague rivalries this past week. Well, some anyway. I think it strains the word “rivalry” to call Detroit vs. Pittsburgh and Seattle vs. San Diego “rivalries.”

But this weekend we have some good ones. One traditional — the Red Sox vs. the Yankees — and two that are more recently competitive-based rivalries in the Braves vs. Nationals and Giants vs. Cardinals. Fun stuff, which Kay and I talk a bit about in today’s HBT Daily:

 

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.