MLB suspends Jonathan Papelbon seven games for incident during Sunday’s game

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MLB just announced that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during yesterday’s game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. He will not appeal, so he will begin serving the suspension immediately.

After blowing his fourth save of the season, Papelbon made a lewd gesture — specifically, a crotch-grab — to fans as he was being booed on his walk back to the dugout. This led to him being ejected by second base umpire Joe West. MLB dropped the hammer pretty hard here given what we have seen with starting pitchers who have intentionally thrown at hitters in the past, so I’m guessing a majority of the punishment is because of the confrontation he ended up having with West and Marty Foster. For what it’s worth, Papelbon has maintained that he was simply adjusting himself and not making a gesture at the fans.

The Phillies have released the following statement:

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.