A quick look at some noteworthy transactions from around baseball as the Phillies deliberate how to fit Jimmy Rollins back into the roster. (Getty)
Summer is officially here and teams have started to bail on their best-laid plans. Astros minor league mercenary Chris Johnson has replaced Pedro Feliz at third base after the former Phillie posted a slash line of .220/.242/.296 in 223 ABs. The Blue Jays optioned third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and his 106 OPS+ to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on his hitting and fielding. That’s right: a 106 OPS+, which is identical to Placido Polanco. Elsewhere, the woeful Pirates designated second baseman Aki Iwamura for assignment. He was the Buccos’ highest-paid position player earning $4.25 million with a $250,000 buyout. On the pitching front, Jeff Suppan became the highest-priced casualty this season when the Brewers ate about $10 million to release him, only to watch division-rival St. Louis scoop him up at a discount. Over in the AL, the Mariners just outrighted Ian Snell to Triple-A Tacoma.
The lesson: Better and pricier players have been sacrificed for the good of their teams than several Phillies who are riding high on the hog with guaranteed deals. Juan Castro and Greg Dobbs come to mind as two players who could be on the hot seat.