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Cliff Pennington

Blue Jays acquire Cliff Pennington from the Diamondbacks


The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.

Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.


The Astros acquire Oliver Perez from the Dbacks

Oliver Perez

Tis the season for trades of guys who have seen better days. If you’re confused on how that works after the so-called “trade deadline” of July 31, go read this. Anyway: the Houston Astros acquired lefty reliever Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty Junior Garcia.

Perez is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 48 appearances this season and sports a K/BB ratio of 37/11 in 29 innings. He’s, quite obviously, a lefty specialist and he’s been a pretty decent one for the Diamondbacks. Garcia is only 19 and is serving his first season in the Gulf Coast League.

The Astros sport a one and a half game lead in the AL West, but the Angels are gonna be there the rest of the season, so any little bit helps.


Kenley Jansen struck out four batters in one inning in his season debut last night

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws to the plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kenley Jansen made his season debut last night against the Rockies after returning from left foot surgery and he didn’t need much time to shake the rust.

Jansen tied a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning. Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to begin the eighth inning, but he ended up on first base after the ball got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal. Jansen then struck out Nick Hundley, Drew Stubbs, and D.J. LeMahieu (all swinging) to accomplish the feat. He needed just 14 pitches to get through the inning.

Jansen is the 74th pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning and the first since Oliver Perez last September. You can see the full list here. Here’s the video of Jansen’s inning:

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to ease Jansen into things by having him pitch the eighth inning, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be closing games again really soon.

If you thought Scott Boras could shovel bullcrap before, get a load of this . . .

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Scott Boras just made his annual tour of the lobby here at the Winter Meetings. It’s all rather silly, of course. He’s the biggest agent in the game and dozens of reporters crowd around him and hang on his every word. So you’d think that, at some point, he’d just hold an actual press conference where everyone could hear him and people could ask questions in an orderly fashion.

That doesn’t happen, of course. Probably because Major League Baseball doesn’t want to give him some sort of official imprimatur. Probably because he rather likes people crowding around him like he’s a rock star. So, every year, we get Scott Boras strutting around the place, the scrum in hot pursuit.

But maybe the silliest stuff about it is not the overall vibe, but the actual things he says. Things like this, which he said about an hour ago:

That’s not quite to the level of his infamous Oliver Perez/Sandy Koufax comp, but it’s up there.

Diamondbacks shut down Oliver Perez with “dead arm”

Oliver Perez, Mike Harkey

Oliver Perez has made a career-high 65 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season and now they’ve shut down the 32-year-old left-hander with a “dead arm.”

Perez has pitched well in the first season of a two-year, $4.25 million deal, throwing 57 innings with a 2.86 ERA and 70/21 K/BB ratio for his third straight strong campaign following years of struggling as a starter. He had a sub-2.00 ERA before recent problems.

Perez told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that he’d like to pitch again before the end of the season, but manager Kirk Gibson seems unlikely to give him the ball again, saying:

He’s not hurt. There’s just not much coming out. He’s got a dead arm. He hit a wall.

Perez had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 6.00 for the Mets and then didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2011, but since returning as a full-time reliever he’s got a combined 3.04 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 139 innings.