Author: Bill Baer

Chris Capuano

Yankees outright Chris Capuano to Triple-A


The Yankees have outrighted lefty pitcher Chris Capuano to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he cleared waivers. He was designated for assignment by the team on Wednesday.

It’s the latest saga in what has been a busy season for Capuano:

  • April 4: Placed on the DL with a strained right quad
  • May 17: Activated from the DL
  • June 1: Demoted to Yankees’ bullpen
  • July 28: Re-inserted into Yankees’ rotation
  • July 29: Designated for assignment
  • July 31: Outrighted to Triple-A
  • August 12: Contract purchased by the Yankees
  • August 15: Designated for assignment
  • August 18: Contract purchased by the Yankees
  • August 22: Designated for assignment
  • August 24: Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Yankees
  • August 26: Designated for assignment
  • August 28: Outrighted to Triple-A

If you’re counting, that’s four DFA’s for the 37-year-old. Capuano has pitched 35 innings at the big league level this season, compiling a 7.71 ERA with a 32/20 K/BB ratio.

Vin Scully will return in 2016 for his 67th season of broadcasting

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The Dodgers announced that broadcaster Vin Scully will return in 2016 for another season of calling Dodgers games. It will be his 67th season. The news was broken at Dodger Stadium by Magic Johnson and Jimmy Kimmel on the stadium scoreboard, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

This is news that warms the hearts of not just Dodgers fans, but baseball fans in general as Scully is the most well-liked and respected broadcaster in the business. Scully has limited his broadcasting to home games and road games against the Angels so as to reduce travel. That will likely be the case in 2016 as well.

Phillies could keep GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. beyond 2015

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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been something of a lightning rod in recent years, getting most of the blame for the team’s fall from grace after the 2011 season. There were a number of poor decisions made under his leadership, including the Ryan Howard extension, the Cliff Lee trade to Seattle, separate trades to acquire Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence which depleted the minor league system, as well as some regrettable public comments with which he insulted Ryan Howard, showed he didn’t understand how OPS worked, and denigrated the value of walks.

The Phillies hit rock bottom earlier this year, when manager Ryne Sandberg quit suddenly due to an inability to effectively communicate with his players. Amaro named Pete Mackanin the interim manager, and the team has played much better and players have effusively praised Mackanin. Amaro also oversaw the overhauling of the Phillies’ minor league system, trading Jimmy Rollins during the off-season and executing trades of Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley. The Phillies now arguably have one of the five-best minor league systems in baseball.

And that may be reason enough for the Phillies to bring Amaro back for the 2016 season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Amaro’s contract expires after the season, but incoming team president Andy MacPhail — taking over for outgoing president Pat Gillick — may keep Amaro in the GM seat rather than find a new candidate from outside the organization.

Heyman does cite as potential external GM options J.J. Piccolo of the Royals, Matt Klentak of the Angels, and John Barr of the Giants.