David Waldstein of The New York Times reports that recently retired major leaguer Mark Teixeira is expected to join ESPN as analyst. An announcement is expected to come on Tuesday.
As Waldstein notes, Teixeira is no stranger to the lifestyle, having guest hosted ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” sports talk show in 2014, made other radio appearances, and appeared on Showtime’s “Billions.”
Teixeira, 36, retired after the 2016 season during which he hit a meager .204/.292/.362 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI over 438 plate appearances. He battled neck, foot, and knee injuries during the season, hampering his abilities. However, Teixeira certainly retired as one of the game’s better-hitting first basemen, cranking out 409 home runs, knocking in 1,298 runs, and compiling an .869 OPS across parts of 14 seasons with the Rangers, Braves, Angels, and Yankees. He was quite slick with the glove as well, earning five Gold Glove Awards.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.