Tis the season for trades of guys who have seen better days. If you’re confused on how that works after the so-called “trade deadline” of July 31, go read this. Anyway: the Houston Astros acquired lefty reliever Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty Junior Garcia.
Perez is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 48 appearances this season and sports a K/BB ratio of 37/11 in 29 innings. He’s, quite obviously, a lefty specialist and he’s been a pretty decent one for the Diamondbacks. Garcia is only 19 and is serving his first season in the Gulf Coast League.
The Astros sport a one and a half game lead in the AL West, but the Angels are gonna be there the rest of the season, so any little bit helps.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.