The Phillies announced on Wednesday that outfielder Tyler Goeddel was claimed off waivers by the Reds. Goeddel was designated for assignment at the end of March after he failed to make the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Goeddel, 24, was selected by the Phillies from the Rays in the 2015 Rule 5 draft. To that point, he hadn’t played above Double-A, but he started the 2016 season in the majors as Rule 5 picks have to stay on the active roster, otherwise his controlling team must offer him back to his previous team. While Goeddel showed flashes of promise at times, he hit a meager .192/.258/.291 with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 234 plate appearances.
The Phillies have plenty of outfielders at the big league level and several more waiting in the minors, so Goeddel didn’t really have a future with the team. Goeddel will report to Triple-A Louisville to start fresh with a new team.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.