In the bottom of the second inning during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, the Reds pulled off what’s known as a double-TOOTBLAN. (TOOTBLAN: Thrown Out on the Bases Like A Nincompoop.) Zack Cozart had doubled in two runs off of Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos, pushing Devin Mesoraco to third base in the process. With one out, Tony Cingrani came to the plate.
Cingrani tapped a grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was playing shallow in the infield for just such a play. Escobar fired to catcher Ryan Hanigan, who tagged Mesoraco for the second out of the inning. Hanigan then threw the ball to second baseman Logan Forsythe, who ran towards Cingrani, a quarter of the way between first and second base. Forsythe tossed the ball to first baseman Sean Rodriguez, who then whipped it back home and Hanigan tagged out Cozart trying to score. Just your typical 6-2-4-3-2 double play.
Watch the play as it unfolded:
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.