Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia signs with a Korean team

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Marcos Grunfeld of SportsVenezuela.com reports that third baseman Adonis Garcia has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Garcia, who turns 33 in April, has played for the Atlanta Braves for the past three seasons, where he has hit .267/.300/.414 with 29 homers in 944 plate appearances. He spent most of 2016 as the Braves starting third baseman but missed much of 2017 with ligament damage in his left hand.

In order for Garcia to join the LG Twins, the Braves — who have yet to confirm this news — would have to release him, but I’m struggling to think of any reason why they wouldn’t. He is a poor defensive third baseman and can’t really play anywhere else. His offensive production, such as it is, would not be missed and at nearly 33 years-old, he pretty much is what he is at this point. His departure would likewise open a spot on the 40-man roster, giving the club greater flexibility.

Which is to say: good luck in Korea, Adonis.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.