The Mariners trade Mike Sweeney to the Phillies

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Mariners have traded Mike Sweeney to the Phillies for cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Um, OK.  Sweeney is hitting .263/.327/.475 this year.  Although the present tense is a bit misleading, in that he hasn’t played since June 25th. He’s only played in 30 games total, 21 of which were as a DH, six as a pinch hitter and only three games at first base.  His most intense action this year, however, has come challenging his teammates to fights and browbeating and intimidating reporters who say negative things about his team.

With no real openings for “designated hardass” on this team, my guess is that the Phillies will platoon Sweeney at first base with Ross Gload.  The more he plays, the better I like the Braves chances.

UPDATE: Holy moley! Charlie Manuel just said that the starting job is Sweeney’s!  Mike Sweeney hasn’t been a regular first baseman for a good five years, so this should be . . . interesting.

Giants place Dereck Rodriguez on DL due to injury sustained during altercation with Dodgers

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.

Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.

Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.