Storylines: Zimmerman tosses no-no against Marlins
- The special year for the Washington Nationals continued on Sunday afternoon as Jordan Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter against the Miami Marlins. The Nationals clinched the NL East last week against the Atlanta Braves and followed that by earning home-field advantage on Friday. Zimmerman struck out 10 and only walked one batter. Ironically, Marlins righty Henderson Alvarez threw a no-no against the Detroit Tigers last season in the final game. The dramatics of the game continued from the first to the last out. Rookie outfielderSteven Souza made an amazing diving catch to end the game and save Zimmerman’s no-hitter bid. This is the first no-hitter thrown by the franchise since former Tribe pitcher Dennis Martinez did it for the Montreal Expos in 1991. The Nationals will begin postseason play on Friday.
- The Oakland Athletics clinched the final AL wildcard spot with a win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. They will face the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in Kansas City.
- The Detroit Tigers won their fourth straight AL Central title on Sunday afternoon after shutting out the Minnesota Twins, 3-0.
- Jose Altuve claimed the first batting crown in Houston Astros history on Sunday afternoon. He hit .341 on the season.
- The Indians won their final game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2, to end the season with an 85-77 record.
- Jason Giambi is unsure about his immediate future as it pertains to playing baseball.
Other News and Notes
- According to Doug O’ Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, power hitting catcher Evan Gattis might not return to the Atlanta Braves next season. He hit .266 with 22 HR and 52 RBI in 107 games.
- Former Indians GM John Hart will not take a permanent position with the Atlanta Braves. He will be heavily involved in the search for his successor.
- The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed righty Cory Burns from the Tampa Bay Rays. They have also claimed the contract of first basemen, Matt Hague.
- Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reports that the Miami Marlins have reached an agreement to extend the contract of manager Mike Redmond through 2017.
- According to Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore, former Indians righty Preston Guilmet was DFA’d by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.
- The Tribe will pick 20th in the 2015 draft and 37th in the Compensation A round of the draft. The compensatory pick can be traded.
- Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Texas Rangers are likely to re-sign righty Colby Lewis.
- Kansas City Royals outfielder Josh Willingham is still unsure about his retirement at the end of the playoffs.
I think Swisher gets time in RF, LF, 1b and possibly as the primary DH. However, if the Tribe were to acq. Gattis or even Trumbo for that matter, I could see a scenario where they move around those positions and they (Gattis or Trumbo) would potentially get time at DH. I view those guys as kind of "hired guns." They could play a cpl spots a wk, while not really having a home, of course, that could become a liability, and neither is particularly great defensively, but they would in essence act as a bench piece.
That makes no sense at all.
I don't consider either a long term solution and that's what I'd like to see, (like everybody else) a player with three or more yrs of control that fills the RH need and middle of the order bat. I do think this club could win without adding that 4 hole hitter, but IMO, it means adding at least two bats RF or 3b and potentially another bench piece.