Craig Calcaterra

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  Anthony Recker #20 of the New York Mets looks on against the Miami Marlins during their game at Citi Field on May 31, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Indians trade catcher Anthony Recker to Atlanta


Not the most major move in the history of the world, but a Monday trade is a Monday trade: the Indians have traded catcher Anthony Recker to Atlanta for cash considerations.

Recker, who played for the Mets last season, was playing at Triple-A Columbus for the Indians. He’ll report to the Braves’ Triple-A club in Gwinnett. Recker, 32, is organizational depth. At the moment the Braves have A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers handling duties. Pierzynski has been a train wreck, batting .197/.250/.239 in 20 games. Flowers is at .250/.340/.250. There could be an opportunity on the big club for organizational depth soon.

While Recker has spent most of his big league career backing up and has never hit terribly well himself, he’s been taking a lot of walks and showing a little pop in his handful of Triple-A games so far this year. Really, though, no matter what he does, how much worse could he be than what Atlanta is trotting out there at the moment?

Yasiel Puig: “Bryce Harper is my idol now”

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig reacts in dugout after hitting a RBI sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during fifth inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Yasiel Puig spoke with Marly Rivera of ESPN the Magazine and talked about where his head is at how, how he’s trying to work harder and be a better teammate, how he’s in better shape this year and those sorts of things.

He also weighs in on Bryce Harper‘s “Make Baseball Fun Again” thing, which is beginning to take the shape of an actual campaign of sorts. At least when it’s not just a marketing angle. Either way, Puig’s on board:

Bryce Harper is my idol now. I’m going to join him in the “make baseball fun again” campaign; I’m just waiting to get my shirts and baseball caps. He’s always been a great friend and a great athlete, and I admire him. I like how he plays the game, and I think he gets it. It’s good to see an American player saying that there needs to be a little more fun in baseball. Fans leave everything behind to come and see us play. We have to make baseball fun for the fans and not take everything so personal.

True dat.

The rest of it sort of reads like a fluff piece — Puig’s own words carry it — but it does suggest a guy who is pretty relaxed compared to the way he was before this year.

Curt Schilling made $2.5 million a year to do . . . whatever it was he did

Curt Schilling

Thing I learned while, for some reason, listening to Curt Schilling call in to the Dan Patrick Show today: he was paid $2.5 million a year to work for ESPN. $2.5 million.

I will refrain from saying whether or not I’d personally pay Curt Schilling $2.5 million to opine about baseball on my sports network, but I will say this: if someone paid me $2.5 million a year and said “Craig, you can keep this job as long as you don’t post offensive memes on your Facebook page more than, like, 5-6 times,” I think I’d still have that job. I realize Schilling doesn’t roll that way and, hey, you do you, Curt, but it’s not like it’d be hard for him to still be making $2.5 million a year right now if he really wanted to.

Again: Curt Schilling. $2.5 million. Yup.