The Dodgers have inked outfielder Will Venable to a one-year contract, per Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider. The club optioned outfielder Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Venable opted out of his minor league contract with the Phillies over the weekend after hitting .205/.304/.307 in 149 plate appearances at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. However, as Weisman notes, the Dodgers lack a left-handed hitting outfielder after recently cutting ties with Carl Crawford.
The Dodgers owe Crawford the balance of his $20.75 million salary for the 2016 season and $21 million next year. Crawford compiled a meager .464 OPS in 87 plate appearances, so the organization must consider Venable a better player at this point despite a lackluster performance at Triple-A with the Phillies.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.