The Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday evening that the club acquired outfielder Jon Jay from the Royals in exchange for minor league pitchers Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano. The D-Backs designated outfielder Kris Negron for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Jay.
Jay, 33, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Royals in March. He was productive, hitting .307/.363/.374 in 266 plate appearance while playing solid defense. The D-Backs are short on outfielders with Steven Souza, Jr. and A.J. Pollock on the disabled list.
Speier, 23, has spent the year at Double-A Jackson, posting a 3.03 ERA with a 26/10 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief.
Luciano, 18, was the No. 26 prospect in the D-Backs’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. He has yet to pitch in 2018, but he spent last year in rookie ball, posting a composite 2.84 ERA with a 52/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?