No guns in the clubhouse; bats still OK

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Gilbert Arenas.jpgIt’s a sad, sad day when law abiding ballplayers can’t bring their sidearms into the clubhouse:

Major League Baseball has a new message for players and employees
this spring training: Keep guns, long knives and explosives out of the
clubhouse.

Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating
“individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while
performing any services for MLB.” The rules apply to employees of the
commissioner’s office, other central baseball businesses and to teams,
including players.

In all seriousness, good for Major League Baseball for removing such a pervasive threat to ballplayer safety.  Of course, if they were truly serious about this they’d ban baseball bats too. Those things can be deadly.

Rays acquire Wilmer Font from Athletics

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In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.

This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.

Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.