The Chicago Cubs have acquired pitcher Eddie Butler and international bonus slot No. 74 from the Colorado Rockies for pitcher James Farris and international bonus slot No. 28. The trade of international slots adds $255K to the Rockies’ international signing pool.
Butler was once a top prospect but his star has faded. In parts of three big league seasons in Colorado he’s posted a 6.50 ERA with horrendous hits allowed totals. He’s been pretty bad in the high minors too. Maybe getting him off the Colorado/Albuquerque Shuttle of Pitcher Death will help him out.
Farris was a 9th round pick of the Cubs in the 2014 draft. In 88 minor league games, all in relief, he has posted a 2.90 ERA and has a strikeout rate of 10.7 per nine innings pitched. He spent last year in Double-A.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.