Not only did the Marlins surprise a lot of people by designating for assignment one-time top prospect Jacob Turner–who at 23 years old still has plenty of upside–they’re apparently thinking of replacing him in the rotation with 36-year-old Brad Penny.
Seriously. John Perrotto of the Miami Herald reports that calling up Penny from Triple-A “is a strong possibility” in part because he has an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract.
Penny has a 2.28 ERA five starts at Triple-A, but he’s also allowed 35 baserunners in 28 innings and, more importantly, hasn’t posted an ERA under 5.00 in the big leagues since 2010.
The Oakland Athletics have activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Butler, you’ll recall, suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized to each other and to the A’s organization for creating what would, if everyone’s being honest, serve as the dramatic peak of the A’s disappointing year.
Speaking of disappointing, Butler is hitting.286/.338/.419 with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that Tim Tebow’s baseball workout, which will take place tomorrow in Los Angeles, will be attended by scouts from “roughly half” of the 30 major league teams. Morosi noted in a later tweet that a lot of the people going to see the workout are people “with influence.” That could mean that people are taking him seriously. It could mean that people want to gawk. The proof will ultimately be in the pudding.
As we’ve noted, Tebow is 29 and he asn’t played competitive baseball since high school. While some people who have watched him work out have said complimentary things about his preparation and approach, an anonymous scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow’s swing is so long it might “take out the front row.”
Color us skeptical until someone who works for a club, as opposed to people who have been invited to coach him, pitch to him or work out with him, says that Tebow has a chance.