Craig already explained why this whole stunt is rather silly, so we’ll go negativity-free in this post.
Adam Greenberg — who was plunked in the helmet by a pitch in his only previous major league plate appearance — finally registered an official MLB at-bat on Tuesday night against the Mets, striking out on three straight pitches from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth.
MLB.com has posted the video highlight.
Greenberg looked like an amateur in the batter’s box, which is fitting given that he didn’t play professional baseball this summer and batted just .259 in 106 games for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League in 2011. He signed a one-day contract with the Marlins this past weekend.
Greenberg was lifted from the game in the top of the seventh for Scott Cousins. So that’s that.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.