The Tigers are on the prowl for starting pitching

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After demoting struggling starter Shane Greene to Triple-A Toledo on Friday afternoon, the Tigers are reportedly having trade conversations involving starting pitchers, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

Greene, 26, started the season off on fire, allowing only two runs in 23 innings. He quickly went off the rails, though, posting an 8.60 ERA over his next 10 starts.

It’s not known which pitchers interest the Tigers the most. Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, and Scott Kazmir are three elite pitchers that could be made available at the right price. Lower-tier pitchers who may be available include Aaron Harang, Mike Leake, and Kyle Lohse, among others.

MLB calls umpire union statement about Manny Machado discipline “inappropriate”

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Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.

This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:

“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline.  Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires.  We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.