The Phillies signed Cole Hamels. The Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez and may still yet snag Ryan Dempster. But Ken Rosenthal says that they may hook up for some more deadline dealing:
That would be some major moving by the Dodgers. Victorino would almost certainly be a rental. And one which — given the fact that he shares a position with Matt Kemp — would be somewhat awkward to fit in. I guess he’d be a plus corner defender. Pence, the natural corner guy, has more offensive upside but he’s under team control — arbitration eligible for 2013 — and may cost more, both now and later if they wish to keep him.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.