The Dodgers acquired pitcher Bronson Arroyo from the Braves as part of a massive three-team trade also involving the Marlins. The thought was that the money-laden Dodgers would pick up Arroyo’s tab — roughly $8 million — to offset some of the salaries involved in the expansive trade. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the club is only picking up $500,000. The Braves are on the hook for the remaining balance
Arroyo, 38, had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in July last year. He could make his season debut by the end of August or, more realistically, in September. The veteran of 15 seasons posted a 4.08 ERA with a 47/19 K/BB ratio across 15 starts last season prior to landing on the disabled list.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).