When the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a two-year, $16 million contract last offseason there were lots of questions about how he fit in an outfield that already had Chris Young, Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra.
It turned out that Parra was mostly the odd man out, starting a total of just 90 games one year after hitting .292 and winning a Gold Glove award. And now, not surprisingly, general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks are thinking about trading either Kubel or Parra.
It’ll likely come down to whether Towers value Parra’s defense or Kubel’s power, although the decision may ultimately hinge on which player could bring back more in a trade as the Diamondbacks look for infield help. Piecoro notes that trading Young is also an option because of Parra’s ability to play center field if needed and prospect Adam Eaton’s long-term presence.
Whatever the case, don’t expect another outfield logjam in Arizona next season.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.