Boston being in the market for outfield help would have seem far-fetched at the beginning of the season, but the Red Sox’s depth situation has changed and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles.
De Aza was designated for assignment by Baltimore last week after getting off to a poor start, but the Orioles liked him enough to give him $5 million for this season. He’s a 31-year-old career .265 hitter with a .728 OPS who can play all three outfield spots with plus speed and is more effective when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.
De Aza is a very solid player in a part-time role and stretched as a regular. His presence also allows the Red Sox to avoid calling up younger players like Jackie Bradley Jr. for short-term help.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon was furious with the umpires in Tuesday night’s Mariners-Yankees game after back-to-back check-swing calls went against his team, so he came out to yell at the umpires and got ejected.
At which point the 56-year-old McClendon–famous for taking first base out of the ground and leaving the field with it during an ejection while managing the Pirates years ago–got his money’s worth and then some by freaking out on everyone.
Seriously, just watch:
And then, after all of that, McClendon left the field to a standing ovation.
Albert Pujols homered Tuesday night for the sixth time in six games, tying him with Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the all-time home run list with 534.
Next up on the list is Mickey Mantle with 536, followed by Mike Schmidt with 548 and Manny Ramirez with 555. Pujols has 14 homers in 50 games this season after totaling 30, 17, and 28 homers in his first three years with the Angels.
Pujols has 100-plus games left in his age-35 season, but he already ranks seventh all time in home runs through age 35:
Alex Rodriguez 629
Sammy Sosa 574
Babe Ruth 565
Hank Aaron 554
Willie Mays 542
Ken Griffey Jr. 536
ALBERT PUJOLS 534
Pujols is signed through 2021 and averaging even 20 homers per season through the end of that contract would allow him to join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, and Willie Mays in the 650-homer club. Of course, averaging 20 homers per season in 2020 or 2021–when Pujols will be 40 and 41 years old–is far from a sure thing.