The Astros acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Angels, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros claimed Maybin on revocable waivers, so they are responsible for the rest of his salary. The Angels won’t receive any players, just salary relief.
Maybin, 30, is hitting .235/.333/.351 with six home runs, 22 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases in 387 plate appearances this season. He’ll contribute as a pinch-runner and provide outfield depth for the Astros down the stretch.
Maybin can become a free agent after the season. The Astros will cover the remainder of his $9 million salary for the 2017 season.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.