If Phillies move on, Domonic Brown says he will “definitely have a job somewhere else”

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Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had a miserable 2014 season, regressing significantly on the offensive side while continuing to make frequent fundamental mistakes in left field. It was shocking, as Brown was an All-Star in 2013 and appeared to have finally lived up to the potential he showed as a prospect coming up through the Phillies’ system.

Brown finished with a .235/.285/.349 slash line with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances. He was not only one of the worst-hitting corner outfielders, but one of the worst hitters at any position period. Brown is eligible for arbitration for the first time this off-season. If the Phillies’ front office has already concluded that they would like to move on, they could choose to either non-tender Brown or trade him.

Brown isn’t concerned, though. Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Brown says that he will “definitely have a job somewhere else” if there is a divorce. Brown attributed his struggles, most of which came in the first half, to trying to “do too much”.

It would be quite perplexing if the Phillies were to non-tender him. Brown made $550,000 during the 2014 season and isn’t likely to earn much more going through the arbitration process (or settling) on the heels of his poor performance. Thus, it costs the Phillies next-to-nothing to keep him around in 2015. A change of scenery trade would make more sense, but the Phillies would certainly be selling on Brown with his value in the basement. It was only a few years ago when Brown was the centerpiece in a plethora of trade rumors, remaining one of GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s few “untouchable” prospects.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.