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Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins


Update #2 (10:03 PM EST): Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are receiving minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo from the Giants in exchange for McGehee.

Update (7:15 PM EST): Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY confirms that McGehee is indeed headed to San Francisco. It’s unclear at the moment exactly who the Marlins are receiving in return.

The Marlins added yet another infielder on Friday afternoon, acquiring Martin Prado along with David Phelps in a trade with the Yankees. Having also inserted Dee Gordon and Michael Morse into the mix, the Fish now have a surplus of infielders, including third baseman Casey McGehee.

The Giants, now without Pablo Sandoval and having missed out on Chase Headley, are in want of a passable major leaguer to man the hot corner. Rodriguez hears that the Giants and Marlins are closing in on a trade involving McGehee that would send minor league pitching to Miami.

McGehee, 32, hit .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI during the 2014 season. By traditional metrics, McGehee was among the more productive hitters during the first half of last season, carrying a .321 average and 53 RBI into the All-Star break. However, McGehee’s power — once responsible for a 23-homer output in 2010 — was nonexistent and fell well below the average for third basemen.

Then again, McGehee has a pulse and can navigate his way to third base, so that means he’s in play for the Giants.

Yankees trade Martin Prado and David Phelps to Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones

Nathan Eovaldi

Veteran infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, whom the Yankees acquired from the Diamondbacks in July, is now headed to the Marlins in a big swap.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Yankees are sending Prado and right-hander David Phelps to the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones, and minor leaguer Domingo German.

Prado can play all over the field defensively, but presumably the Marlins want him as their primary third baseman and are prepared to either bench or trade Casey McGehee. They just acquired Dee Gordon to play second base and the outfield is pretty set. Prado is owed $11 million in each of the next two seasons and hit .282 with 12 homers and a .733 OPS in 143 games this year after posting similar numbers in 2013.

Phelps has split his time with the Yankees between the rotation and bullpen, posting a 4.21 ERA in 299 total innings. At age 28 he’s under team control through 2019 as likely fits in Miami as a mid-rotation starter.

Eovaldi has logged 460 innings in the majors despite not yet turning 25 years old, including 199 innings in 2014. He throws hard and has a decent 4.07 career ERA, but his strikeout rate has been mediocre. He should step into the Yankees’ rotation and is under team control through 2017, giving them a young arm with some upside.

Jones is a veteran left-handed bat who can play first base or an outfield corner, giving the Yankees some insurance behind Mark Teixeira. However, he’s not really a starting-caliber player with a modest .240 batting average and .715 OPS during the past two seasons.

German put up good numbers as a 21-year-old starter at low Single-A, but he’s not considered a top prospect and is a long way from the majors.

Derek Jeter drives in a season-high three runs; Yankees throw one-hitter vs. Orioles


Derek Jeter began his final home series in style tonight, driving in a season-high three runs in a 5-0 victory over the Orioles. Oh, and in other news, Michael Pineda, Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill, and David Phelps combined for a one-hitter. Hey, it’s easy to get overshadowed by Jeter right now.

Pineda was completely dominant in the win, striking out eight batters while issuing just one walk over 7 1/3 innings. The lone hit came on a one-out single from J.J. Hardy in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander now owns a 1.97 ERA in eight starts since coming off the disabled list and a 1.93 ERA in 10 starts overall this season.

Jeter had an RBI groundout in the third inning and later ripped a double into the left field corner in the fifth to score two more runs. By driving in three runs tonight, he passed Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente on the all-time RBI list and is now tied with Paul Molitor for 109th all-time with 1,307 RBI. The 40-year-old has caught fire with only days remaining in his career, batting .417 (10-for-24) with four extra-base hits and six RBI over his last six games.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Orioles tonight. The Tigers lost to the White Sox, so Baltimore has clinched home-field advantage for the ALDS.

Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon at odds after Jeter was hit by a pitch last night

Joe Girardi

Actually, it’s not just Jeter. Rays pitchers have hit Yankees batters five times in the past week. And even if none — or at least not all — were intentional, Joe Girardi is pretty sick of it:

“I’m all for pitching inside, but you’ve got to know how to pitch inside because it’s extremely dangerous,” Girardi said. “I don’t know what they expect … you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’t think we’ll be (mad)?”

Girardi was even more angry that Yankees pitcher David Phelps was ejected later for throwing one inside to Kevin Kiermaier:

“My guy gets tossed for what?” Girardi said. “He didn’t hit nobody.”

For his part, Joe Maddon claimed that there was no intent to hit any Yankees batter. But he’s not going to apologize for it either:

“It’s nothing to apologize for. It’s just part of the game. I do understand their frustration with it and why they were upset. It ended up being what it was. Hopefully tomorrow there is nothing going on and, again, truthfully, like I said, there was no intent from us . . . I understand the frustration. I get it totally.”

Hard to say if it ends here. I mean, we live in a time, apparently, where Major League Baseball doesn’t give a rip if you throw at someone’s head, so why would they care at the Yankees and Rays getting mad at each other and throwing inside?

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Nationals 3, Braves 0: The Nats clinch their second NL East title in three years and do so in convincing fashion. Tanner Roark tossed seven scoreless innings. Washington got to celebrate on the field and in the visitor’s clubhouse of the team that, theoretically, stood as their biggest challenge this year. It was fun for a bit in the first half, but the  Braves proved to be little if any challenge to the Nationals. Now they set their sights on maintaining the best overall record in the National League and enjoying some home cooking for the playoffs.

Orioles 8, Blue Jays 2: Meanwhile, up the road, the Orioles were clinching as well. It was a bit longer of a time coming for Baltimore, who nabbed their first AL East crown since 1997. As for the game: it was their ninth win in their last 10. Steve Pearce set the tone with a three-run homer in the first. Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple. If you live out west or never watch a team other than your team, and if your idea of the Orioles is based on what you read about them in the season previews last March, well, you have a lot of studying to do before they playoffs start.

White Sox 7, Royals 5Twins 4, Tigers 3: Nothing is changed in the Central as both contenders lose. For the Royals, it was an uncharacteristically awful night for bullpen aces Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis, who have been damn nigh unhittable all year but were beat around by the Sox. For the Tigers, it was an all-too-characteristic bad night for Joe Nathan, who allowed two runs to lose a game that the Tigers had come back to lead in the ninth. Starters Ricky Nolasco and Rick Porcello probably went out for a beer afterwards and complained about bullpens until the bartender told them to move it along because they don’t serve their kind. Meaning, of course, Ricks.

Rangers 6, Athletics 3: Oakland couldn’t create any separation between their wild card pursuers, remaining one up on Kansas City and two up on Seattle. Scott Kazmir’s second half swoon continued, allowing six runs — four earned — and not escaping the fifth inning. Bad Oakland D was on display here. This team will probably make it into the playoffs, and if they do they’ll probably be dangerous, but man this has been a long, limping second half.

Mariners 13, Angels 2: Seattle takes advantage, pulling to within one game. The offense woke up with a six-run sixth inning. In the M’s previous eight games they scored 14 runs. Here, 13. It was an instance where Mike Scioscia’s “give Cory Rasmus a couple of innings and then turn it over to a bullpen committee” approach didn’t work. It’s been a good approach and has helped lessen the sting of losing Garret Richards, but doing that enough times will, occasionally, lead to a game like this. Too many moving parts or whatever.

Pirates 4, Red Sox 0: Charlie Morton returned after coming off the disabled list and he pitched well: five scoreless innings with six strikeouts. The Pirates have won 9 of 11 and maintain their one and a half game lead over the Brewers for the second wild card.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Milwaukee stays alive, as Gomez, Hector knocks in Gomez, Carlos with an RBI single in the 12th. The single was preceded by Carlos Gomez stealing both second base and third base off of Yadier Molina following a walk. Actually, Gomez said afterward that he wasn’t running on Molina, he was running on pitcher Kevin Siegrist, as one times everything off the pitcher. Which is a good point. Still: that’s some pretty major base running. The Brewers stay a game and a half behind the Pirates.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 4: The Rockies ended a seven-game losing streak. Corey Dickerson homered, tripled and drove in four runs. The Dodgers got 16 hits but left way, way too many on.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1: Peavy and Posey come through again, as they have so many times in the second half. Peavy allowed one run in seven and two-thirds. Posey had two hits, including a fourth inning solo shot. San Francisco pulls to three back of L.A.

Rays 6, Yankees 1: Derek Jeter got gifts. He also got plunked. Joe Girardi got ejected after that and then Yankees pitcher David Phelps was ejected for throwing inside later. Dugouts emptied but no one here had the ill-will nor the motivation to make this into an actual donnybrook. It’s late in a lost season for everyone. Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and five hits over six innings.

Mets 9, Marlins 1: Two homers and six driven in for Wilmer Flores. Bartolo Colon somehow only allowed one run despite giving up 12 hits in seven and two thirds. That stretches the applicability of the word “scattered.” The judges have said they’d allow it, though. But that we shouldn’t push it.

Cubs 7, Reds 0: Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the eighth, allowed only the one hit to Brandon Phillips and struck out 13. The Cubs rocked Johnny Cueto.

Indians 4, Astros 2: Corey Kluber allowed more hits, but he struck out 14 in seven innings of work as the Indians stop their losing streak at four. Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer.

Padres 5, Phillies 4: Alexi Amarista had three hits, including a two-run homer. A.J. Burnett suffered his league-leading 17th loss.