Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, Jose Valverde and Kevin Gregg are still out there as free agents, but teams will have at least three alternatives via trade at the winter meetings.
Tracy Ringoslby of FOXSports.com
says that Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps and Heath Bell are being
shopped, according to “early arrivals at the winter meetings.”
truth, now seems like an awful time to try to get maximum return for
closers via trade given the numerous alternatives in free agency, but
the Reds would love to get out from under at least part of the $25
million Cordero is owed over the next two seasons. Good luck, Mr. Jocketty.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”