Figured this was coming. We talked about the Tigers’ time in transition at length last week. Now it seems to be pretty official:
Makes all sorts of sense. Both are free agents after this year. Price is unlikely to sign with the Tigers. Cespedes may or may not, but his contract prevents the Tigers from giving him a qualifying offer, so if he does leave they get nothing.
The Dodgers are looking for pitching. But just about any team would be interested in Price, you figure, rental or not. As for Cespedes, a corner bat with some pop is a hard-to-find commodity these days.
Dave Dombrowski has 48 hours or so to get this done.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”