MLBits: Swihart Traded to Diamondbacks, deGrom Elbow Barking, Anderson Suspended

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MLBits: Swihart Traded to Diamondbacks, deGrom Elbow Barking, Anderson Suspended

Chicago Cubs

I know, Friday night MLBits from Brett. Weird. But a trio of pretty solidly newsy things developed over the course of the afternoon and evening, and I thought it worth getting in front of you …

  • The Red Sox were ultimately able to trade DFA’d catcher Blake Swihart, and although he’s coming to Chicago, it’s only because his new team is currently playing the Cubs. The Diamondbacks gave up a semi-legit prospect for Swihart, but also got some IFA bonus money in the deal:

  • Interestingly, the Diamondbacks already have three catchers on their 25-man roster – Carson Kelly, John Ryan Murphy, and Caleb Joseph – so it would not at all be a surprise to see the Diamondbacks try to move out one of those three now. Sure, they *could* carry all four, given Swihart’s versatility, but that seems a stretch, even for a club with only seven in the bullpen. We’ll keep our eyes on this situation, because it could theoretically be an avenue for the Cubs to pick up catching depth – something Jed Hoyer confirmed the Cubs are still considering.
  • Meanwhile, alarming news for Mets fans, I’m sure:

  • It’s absolutely the case that this could be nothing and the Mets are just being cautious with the best(?) pitcher in baseball, but they haven’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to medical issues. If I’m a Mets fan, I’m terrified right now. As a Cubs fan, I note that the Cubs don’t face the Mets until mid-June, and – as the tweet notes – the Mets face the Brewers quite soon. I tend to think I’d be fine with deGrom returning just in time to take the ball for that Brewers series.
  • MLB today handed down punishments for the White Sox-Royals fracas that broke out after Tim Anderson aggressively celebrated a homer and then took a pitch off the rump:

  • Although I’m glad to hear that Anderson wasn’t being suspended for his celebration, something feels off about MLB suspending a black player for using that particular term. I don’t know that it’s MLB’s place – or mine – to police the use of that term in this particular context, but Anderson is accepting the suspension and just moving on:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.