A late Friday trade takes another veteran off the Braves roster: the Braves just announced that they have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.
Maybin is coming off a surprisingly good season in which he hit .267.327/.370 with 10 homers and 59 RBI while stealing 23 bases. He played 141 games for the Braves, all but two of which came in center field. Maybin was originally drafted by the Tigers and played in Detroit as a rookie in 2007 before being traded to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera deal.
Kroll, a lefty reliever, pitched 33 games for Detroit while posting a 5.79 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 26/17 in 28 innings. Speier is also a left who hasn’t pitched above High-A yet. The former 19th round draft pick is only 20.
Maybin is scheduled to make $7 million in 2016 and there is a club option for $9 million in 2017. His acquisition by the Tigers gives them some added outfield depth and either a platoon partner or an alternative to Anthony Gose in center field. For the Braves: nothing but salary relief, it seems, as the arms they got back are no great shakes.
The last major league position player left in Atlanta, please turn out the lights.
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.