MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that the Padres have acquired pitcher Matt Wisler from the Reds in exchange for minor league pitcher Diomar Lopez.
Wisler, 26, was designated for assignment by the Reds last Thursday. He had a solid spring, posting a 3.75 ERA with 16 strikeouts and one walk across 12 innings. He also had success in a small sample out of the Reds’ bullpen last season, yielding three earned runs with an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
Wisler was originally selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He was then sent to the Braves in the Melvin Upton Jr. trade. The Braves sent him to the Reds last July in the Adam Duvall trade.
Lopez, 22, spent most of his 2018 season with Low-A Tri-City, In 41 2/3 innings in the minors overall, he posted a 5.18 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.