The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that the club traded DH Kendrys Morales and cash considerations to the Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and international signing bonus pool space.
Morales, 35, is in the final year of his three-year, $33 million contract signed with the Jays in November 2016. Last year, the veteran slugger hit .249/.331/.438 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 471 plate appearances.
The A’s recently learned that first baseman Matt Olson will be out four to six weeks with a hamate bone injury. Morales could help fill the gap at first base along with Mark Canha.
Lopez, 22, spent last season with Single-A Beloit, batting .239/.293/.402 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 326 plate appearances. He has spent most of his time at second base, but has also played a significant amount of third base and shortstop.
Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.
Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.
Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.