The other night Braves reliever Jose Ramirez threw at the head of Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, almost certainly in retaliation for Fernandez plunking Nick Markakis earlier in the game. Ramirez missed Fernandez — the pitch went behind Fernandez’s head — but the benches cleared No punches were thrown.
Ramirez was hit all the same: with a three-game suspension, just handed down by Joe Garagiola Jr., and his merry men. Ramirez is appealing the suspension, so he will be available tonight against the Nationals.
Here’s the incident:
The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that the Cubs have considered trading super-utilityman Ben Zobrist in order to free up payroll space, which would allow the club to address other areas of the roster.
Zobrist, 37, is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $12 million in 2019. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Cubs project to have an Opening Day payroll of about $204.5 million, just a hair below the luxury tax threshold of $206 million. The Cubs have notably been absent from the free agent marketplace, particularly involving Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, due to luxury tax concerns.
Last season, Zobrist hit .305/.378/.440 with nine home runs, 58 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 520 plate appearances. He played all over the field, logging 100-plus innings in both outfield corners and second base while also spending a handful of games at first base. With Addison Russell serving a 40-game suspension to open the 2019 season, Javier Báez will handle shortstop and Zobrist figures to be the starting second baseman.