Cubs complete Garza trade
The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Neil Ramirez off waivers from Texas and assigned him to Double-A Tennessee.
The acquisition of Ramirez completes the player-to-be-named-later element of the Matt Garza trade last month.
The 6-foot-4 Ramirez, 24, is 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 103 innings at Double-A Frisco.
He was ranked as the Rangers’ 23rd top prospect by Baseball America entering this season.
Braves add Garcia to staff
The Braves purchased right-hander Freddy Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles, a move that could ultimately provide depth for a team that holds a commanding lead in the NL East.
The 36-year-old Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances for the Orioles before being assigned to Triple-A Norfolk in late June.
Steelers make deal for Jones
The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their injury-plagued backfield, acquiring running back Felix Jones from Philadelphia for linebacker Adrian Robinson.
The deal is pending each player passing a physical.
The 26-year-old Jones gives the Steelers needed depth at running back. Rookie Le’Veon Bell is out indefinitely with a sprained right foot, Isaac Redman is dealing with a nerve injury, and return specialist LaRod Stephens-Howling sat out last Monday’s preseason game against Washington with a sprained knee.
Jones was the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
but never stayed healthy enough to become a feature back. He has rushed for 2,728 yards and 11 touchdowns in 64 games.
Griffin III fined for wearing T-shirt
At least Robert Griffin III can laugh about his latest run-in with the NFL’s fashion police.
The Washington Redskins quarterback cracked a joke Friday about his $10,000 fine for wearing an “Operation Patience” T-shirt before a preseason game.
Griffin was accepting the team’s offensive player of the year award at the Redskins’ annual Welcome Home Luncheon. He was introduced shortly after an auction that raised money for charity.
“Those auctioneers did a good job,” Griffin told the crowd. “I would’ve given them 10 grand, but the NFL took it away from me this week.”
Griffin adopted “Operation Patience” as his slogan as he slowly increased his practice work during training camp after major knee surgery. He wore a white T-shirt with those words in capital burgundy letters as he warmed up before Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFL said the T-shirt was “unauthorized apparel.”