Left-hander Jose De Paula has signed with the Yankees, but instead of the usual minor-league contract for the 26-year-old career minor leaguer he gets a big-league deal with a spot on the 40-man roster.
De Paula spent this season pitching for the Giants at Triple-A, where he had a 4.21 ERA and 41/16 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. He had a similarly unimpressive 3.86 ERA and 57/11 K/BB ratio in 75 innings at Double-A for the Padres in 2013.
Clearly the Yankees think De Paula has a lot more upside than his mediocre numbers would suggest, perhaps believing a full-time move to the bullpen would benefit him.
Danny Picard of Boston Metro reports that, during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed by security. The man was in the media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout but he did not have media credentials. He was, however, using a small camera and texting frequently. When the man was taken away from the area, an Astros staffer tried to intervene, saying he was authorized to be in the area. Security did not buy the story, so the man was not allowed to return to that area but was allowed to remain in the ballpark.
This wasn’t the first time security had been made aware of the man. Apparently the same man had been up to some shady business during the ALDS against the Indians as well, which means the Astros may have been cheating throughout the postseason.
Representatives from all three teams have thus far opted not to comment on the matter. MLB chief communciations officer Pat Courtney said in an email on Tuesday, “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.”
Teams, especially nowadays, are paranoid in the postseason about sign-stealing, so they’re always doing their due diligence to make sure their signs are secure. Sign-stealing is part of the gamesmanship of baseball. Players and coaches are, obviously, allowed to use their eyes, ears, and mouths to communicate about opposing teams’ signs. They’re not allowed to use any kind of technology, including cameras and cell phones. If the allegations are substantiated, the Astros’ recent and upcoming accomplishments may be looked at with a raised eyebrow.