An hour or so ago I posted about how the Mariners are scouting Marlon Byrd. After reading this story from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, however, maybe they should send scouts elsewhere:
Byrd has some control over where he could be traded, though not as much control as Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, who have full no-trade rights, and not as much as Papelbon, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, who all can block deals to more than half the teams in baseball. Note: Papelbon says his no-trade clause (he can block deals to 17 teams) will not get in the way of his moving to a contender.
Byrd’s contract allows him to block deals to four teams. He revealed to CSNPhilly.com that those teams are Seattle, Kansas City, Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Bats are hard to come by, of course, so I’m sure the Phillies can, if they want, find a trading partner who does not present such difficulty.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.