Angels could trade Howie Kendrick or David Freese for pitching

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels are expected to pursue pitching during the off-season by making second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese available in a trade. The Angels will be looking for both starting and relief pitching.

Kendrick is entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract extension signed in January 2012. Freese will be entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, having earned just over $5 million this past season.

As Rosenthal notes, the Angels would have an easier time replacing Kendrick, as Grant Green or Gordon Beckham could fill the void, with Alex Yarbrough not far behind. The Angels lack depth at third base; losing Freese would likely mean using Beckham full-time at the hot corner, something he hasn’t done since 2009 with the White Sox.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.