* Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners and Pirates have discussed a Yuniesky Betancourt-for-Jack Wilson trade. On the surface that may seem like an even swap of good-glove, no-hit shortstops, but the good-glove part no longer actually applies to Betancourt. Now he just stinks, all around.
I'm no big fan of Wilson or anything--he's a career .269/.311/.374 hitter, after all--but simply getting rid of Betancourt would be addition by subtraction for the Mariners at this point. Getting rid of him and replacing him with a legitimately strong defender would be a steal.
* According to "a poll of major-league executives and managers conducted by MLB.com" Adrian Gonzalez and Jayson Werth are the two most underrated players in the National League. I'm not really on board with the Werth pick, but Gonzalez absolutely deserves more attention for the numbers he's put up while calling the most pitcher-friendly ballpark in baseball home.
* Steve Kornacki of MLive.com speculates that the Tigers may move Jeremy Bonderman to the bullpen once he's ready to come off the disabled list, which seems like a decent plan on a few different levels.
* Max Scherzer is one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball and he finally has a win after beginning his career 0-7 despite a 3.39 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 87.2 innings.
* Can you imagine the great Vin Scully as voice of the Yankees? Me neither.