Catcher Ramon Hernandez has another new home.
According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Sunday morning and will report this week to Triple-A Buffalo. Hernandez was released by the Dodgers on June 22 after batting just .208 with a .291 on-base percentage in 55 plate appearances.
He owns a .263/.327/.417 batting line in the majors and will function as organizational depth for the Jays.
Hernandez has also played for the Athletics, Padres, Orioles, Reds and Rockies over the course of his 15-year big league career.
The Brewers and Dodgers haven’t had much action in Game 4 of the NLCS, bringing a 1-1 game through 10 innings and about four and a half hours. We finally got something to get the blood pumping, though, when Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar exchanged some words with each other, prompting both teams’ benches to spill onto the field.
With one out, Machado grounded a 3-1, 95 MPH fastball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made an easy throw to first base to complete the out. Machado, running the play out, dragged his left leg, slamming it into Aguilar’s leg as he crossed the bag, causing himself to stumble momentarily. Machado went back and jawed at Aguilar like it was his fault.
Machado has not had the best press in the NLCS. He failed to run out a grounder in Game 2, then made a couple of slides in Game 3 that attempted to interfere with Arcia at the second base bag. He was called for interference on the second one. Machado hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt for his actions tonight.
It’s difficult to imagine Machado’s behavior during the NLCS will affect his windfall as a free agent this offseason, but he’s proving to be somewhat of a distraction for a team trying to get back to the World Series. And that’s not good.