Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Athletics and Indians are making progress on a trade that would send outfielder Coco Crisp to Cleveland. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports confirms Adams’ report. Crisp, who has 10-and-5 rights, has waived them in order to facilitate a deal. Crisp, 36, is owed the remainder of his $11 million salary for the 2016 season and has a $13 million option for the 2017 season that vests if he reaches 550 plate appearances or plays in 130 games this season. He has already played in 102 games and logged 434 PA, batting .234/.299/.399 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. The Indians are still looking to bolster the outfield. Michael Brantley is expected to miss the rest
Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian will take the next few days to decide whether or not to undergo surgery to remove a blood clot naer his right armpit, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The alternative is to treat the clot with blood-thinners and rest. Bedrosian, 24, hasn’t pitched since blowing a save against the Athletics on August 3, shortly after he took over the closer’s role from the injured Huston Street. Bedrosian was diagnosed with flexor tendinitis in the middle finger of his throwing hand about a week later. Overall, Bedrosian — the son of former major league closer Steve — has had an outstanding season, compiling a 1.12 ERA with a 51/14 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.
Davis Love III looks like neither Billy Beane nor Brad Pitt, the actor who played the trailblazing baseball executive in the 2011 movie “Moneyball,” but the American Ryder Cup captain sounded like a man in search of golf’s version of on-base percentage on Monday. On-base percentage, or OBP, was Beane’s magic statistical bullet in the film, which was based on the Oakland Athletics success in the early 2000s despite a small-market budget. It seems Love and the PGA of America are sparing no expense in their quest to make the United States relevant in the biennial matches that have gone Europe’s way in eight out of last 10 meetings. Love hired Scouts Inc. to crunch the numbers for him heading into next month’s matches, and although he was reluctant to give specifics one can probably figure out what the captain’s OBP might be as he inches closer to making his captain’s picks.