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Dave Cameron of FanGraphs tried to find a trade partner for Ryan Braun.
The Red Sox didn't insure Pablo Sandoval's contract.
If Sandoval makes a full recovery going into next season, the Red Sox will have only lost $17.6 million in production. While that is a lot, it could absolutely get worse if Sandoval's shoulder continues to ail him in the future. Shoulders can be difficult to rehabilitate, especially for a player signed for his ability to slug.
Whether this impacts the Red Sox future ability to spend is the next question. The Red Sox can't possibly like having $17.6 million committed to a player that won't contribute toward the major league roster this season. If Sandoval's troubles continue and he is unable to rebound for whatever reason, then the front office could show some hesitance to spend on free agents in seasons to follow.
Devin Mesoraco is out indefinitely with a torn labrum.
Back to Pablo Sandoval for a moment, his injuries were rather serious as he played through a labrum tear and some rotator cuff issues.
The White Sox designate John Danks for assignment.
Gregory Polanco has developed into a monster at the plate.
In the second video, which took place in September of last year, Polanco began to use a leg kick, albeit a small one. Instead of using his old timing mechanism, he started to fully pick up his plant leg before the ball was on its way to home. He's continued to use this new approach in 2016, and in fact, it would appear that they're even more pronounced. Polanco has a more open stance, and with a higher leg kick than we've seen before, he's generating much more power.
There are still five months left of the regular season, but given the nature of Polanco's adjustments, there's no reason to be timid when making statements about his future. Polanco 2.0 has made some significant upgrades, and they're here to stay.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1980, White Sox baseman Mike Squires becomes the first lefty to catch in the majors since Dale Long in 1958 when he catches the final inning of an 11-1 loss.