Fox Sports has announced that it has hired Alex Rodriguez as a full-time baseball analyst.
A-Rod has, of course, contributed to the Fox playoff production over the past two years. And he’s been pretty great. He’s quick and insightful. Unlike a lot of ex-players — especially the recently retired ones — he’s not afraid to criticize. His status as a superstar likewise helps in that he’ll probably never worry about pulling punches. I mean, let’s face it, he was better than almost everyone he’s going to be analyzing. He’s obviously telegenic and surprisingly witty on the broadcasts as well.
His new role is not 100% clear, but he’s on a multi-year deal and will do both studio work and in-game work in the booth on some Saturdays.
You may not like A-Rod the player, but he’s a pretty darn good hire by Fox.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.