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Rangers trade Yu Darvish to the Dodgers

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Update #2 (4:39 PM ET): The other two prospects are pitcher A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Alexy, 19, was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He’s the Dodgers’ No. 16 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. In 73 2/3 innings across 19 starts with Single-A Great Lakes, the right-hander posted a 3.67 ERA with an 86/37 K/BB ratio.

Davis, 20, was selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He’s the Dodgers’. No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Between Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Davis has hit .241/.350/.403 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 400 plate appearances. He has played second base, third base, and shortstop in his professional career, logging a majority of his playing time at shortstop.

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Update (4:33 PM ET): One of the three prospects the Rangers are receiving from the Dodgers is 2B/OF Willie Calhoun, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Calhoun, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. He’s the club’s No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he’s hitting .298/.357/.574 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 414 plate appearances.

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers traded starter Yu Darvish to the Dodgers just before Monday’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline. We should be hearing about the Rangers’ return soon.

Darvish, 30, has a 4.01 ERA with a 148/45 K/BB ratio in 137 innings across 22 starts this year for the Rangers. He’s owed the remainder of his $11 million salary and can become a free agent after the season.

Darvish had a limited no-trade clause, but the Dodgers were not one of the 10 teams on his list.

This is obviously a huge get for the Dodgers, who lead the NL West by 14 games. The starting rotation has been anything but healthy and reliable, and Darvish will help provide both stability and production.

Major League Baseball told Kolten Wong to ditch Hawaii tribute sleeve

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.

Goold:

[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.

Willson Contreras was likewise told to ditch his Venezuela sleeve.

None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:

ST. LOUIS, MO – MAY 22: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after recording his third hit of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.