Domonic Brown has been down in Triple-A Lehigh Valley on an injury rehab assignment. He has hit poorly on his assignment, but was eligible to come off the assignment today. Brown told reporters that he expected to be back in Philly when he did. Ryne Sandberg didn’t like it too much.
But whether it was based on his performance or on his comments, know that he will not be heading to Philadelphia. The Phillies just activated him and then optioned him to Triple-A.
Brown, who some people still talk about as if he’s some rising prospect for some reason, is 27-years-old and has 1,544 major league plate appearances. He was an All-Star who hit 27 homers in 2013, but regressed greatly last year and began this year on the DL with an achilles injury.
Now he’s in the minors again. While guys like Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur take hacks in Philly.
The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.
Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.
Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.