Dodgers designate Matt Guerrier for assignment

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Back in December of 2010 the Dodgers signed Matt Guerrier to a three-year, $12 million deal as a free agent and now two-and-a-half seasons into that contract they designated the right-hander for assignment.

Guerrier missed much of last season with an elbow injury and has struggled this season with a 4.80 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. He also wasn’t particularly effective in 2011 and posted a 4.24 ERA in 120 total appearances for the Dodgers after finishing his Twins career with a 3.38 ERA in 393 outings.

Guerrier will probably clear waivers and could remain with the Dodgers at Triple-A, although if another team is convinced he could be a decent bullpen option in the second half his remaining salary of around $2 million would fit into plenty of payrolls.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.