Indians acquire Michael Choice from the Rangers

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Indians have acquired outfielder Michael Choice from the Rangers. The Rangers will receive cash considerations from the Indians, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Choice will report to Triple-A Columbus.

Choice had been designated for assignment by the Rangers on Tuesday to clear roster space for Will Venable. The 25-year-old was considered a top-100 prospect in baseball as recently as the beginning of the 2014 season, earning a #72 ranking from MLB.com, #79 from Baseball Prospectus, and #98 from Baseball America. However, he posted a .570 OPS in 280 plate appearances in the majors last season and continued to struggle in 2015 at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .244/.309/.399 with 12 home runs and 60 RBI.

Choice was taken in the first round (10th overall) by the Athletics in the 2010 draft, then traded to the Rangers along with Chris Bostick in December 2013 for Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.