The Mariners inked minor league infielder Dylan Moore to a major-league deal on Friday, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Terms of the contract have not yet been released, nor has the team officially confirmed the signing.
Moore, 26, split his 2018 campaign between the Brewers’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, for whom he batted a cumulative .299/.363/.522 with 14 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 454 PA. It’s a huge step up from the Mendoza Line-stats he produced with Atlanta in 2017 and presumably enough for the Mariners to stake a big league contract on, too, despite the fact that the infielder has yet to reach the majors.
Per Rosenthal, Moore may be called on to fill a utility role in Seattle. While he has enough experience to provide depth at any infield or outfield post, the bulk of his playing time has come at second base and short — where, pending further moves this offseason, he could conceivably back up Robinson Cano and Jean Segura (and possibly Dee Gordon) in 2019. He also handled a career-high 54 games at the hot corner last season and may reprise his role on one of Kyle Seager‘s rare off days.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.