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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.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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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.