Report: Braves, Indians, discussed swap of Chris Johnson, Nick Swisher

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that, back in June, the Braves and Indians discussed a trade that would have swapped expensive veterans Chris Johnson and Nick Swisher. However, that was before Swisher hit the disabled list with a knee injury. Rosenthal adds that the Braves backed away from the trade due to the disparity in the players’ salaries, as Swisher is the more expensive of the two.

Johnson, 30, has struggled this season, hitting .252/.294/.333 with one home run and seven RBI in 119 plate appearances. He spent about a month on the disabled list between the ends of April and May due to a fracture and bone bruises in his left hand. He’s owed the remainder of $6 million for the 2015 season, plus $7.5 million in ’16, $9 million in ’17, and a $1 million buyout for ’18.

Swisher, 34, has hit worse, compiling a .198/.261/.297 batting line with two home runs and eight RBI in 111 plate appearances. The veteran is owed the remainder of $15 million this season plus $15 million in ’16 and a vesting option could be worth $14 million in ’17.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.