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The Rangers are without Robinson Chirinos for the next 8-12 weeks with a broken forearm, bringing back up the idea that they might acquire Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Our own Mike Bates asks if the Giants are the best organization in all of baseball.
And, indeed, imaginary reader, he may just need to. Catchers have short shelf lives, after all. And while Buster Posey is, by far, the best catcher in baseball today, he's also a good enough hitter that his bat will be able to carry him once he inevitably has to make a transition. The good news is that, as great as Belt's contract is for the Giants, it will also be attractive to teams who might want to acquire him two or three years down the road, especially as those prices continue to rise. The Giants have managed both to provide themselves with long-term stability and flexibility. And they've kept their strong and popular core intact, sending a signal to their fans and to the rest of the league that they plan to be consistently competitive into the future, presumably winning World Championships in even-numbered years through at least 2020.
The Indians have traded their way to contention, says our own Justin Millar.
Speaking of the Indians, outfielder Michael Brantley will be starting his rehab assignment in Triple-A.
Which teams might have to make a trade sooner rather than later?
Trevor Story kind of looks like J.D. Martinez, from Dave Cameron of FanGraphs.
And, of course, Story doesn’t have to get anywhere near Martinez’s lofty numbers to be a valuable player for the Rockies, given that he plays shortstop and seemingly might run the bases pretty well. If he can even hit for a reasonable fraction of the power Martinez has shown, Story could be a fantastic ballplayer, given his all-around value. It’s way too early to say that Story is definitely going to follow Martinez’s path to success, but if you’re looking for an example of a guy who has made this skillset work, he’s currently hitting in the middle of Detroit’s line-up.
Henry Druschel of Beyond the Box Score attempted to figure out Rich Hill.
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