Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that free agent right-hander Brandon Beachy has settled on a team. There are apparently only some minor details to work out.
No word yet on the identity of Beachy’s new team, but Wolfson writes that it’s not the Twins. The Braves and Rangers reportedly dropped out of the running earlier this month.
Beachy is coming back from his second Tommy John surgery and likely won’t be ready until sometime in May at the earliest, so he’ll almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden deal. The 28-year-old owns a 3.23 ERA with 9.2 K/9 across 46 starts in the majors, but he has made just five starts since June 16, 2012.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.