The Phillies have traded shortstop Ronny Cedeno to the Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher Raywilly Gomez, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports. Cedeno was outrighted to Triple-A by the Phillies on Saturday to make room for Sean O’Sullivan, who started the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Braves.
Cedeno, 31, played seven games for the Phillies at the major league level, going hitless with two strikeouts in nine plate appearances. With Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cedeno slashed .286/.327/.367. He will report to Triple-A Reno and serve as infield depth with the Diamondbacks recently losing Chris Owings to a shoulder injury.
Gomez, 24, slashed .273/.355/.360 as the catcher for Double-A Mobile. The Phillies are in need of catching depth at the minor league level, having lost both Carlos Ruiz and Wil Nieves to injuries recently.
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.