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Freedie Freeman and Julio Teheran probably aren’t going anyway, but it may make sense for the Braves to move their closer, Arodys Vizcaino instead.
With the Mets in trouble at third base, Danny Valencia is emerging as a real option for them.
With a few other teams looking like they might be in the market for a third baseman later this summer, the Mets might have to pay a little bit of a premium to get Valencia from the A’s now. But given the Mets position on the win-curve, giving up a little bit extra in future value to upgrade the current roster is likely justifiable. And if they end up waiting until later in the summer, it’s possible Cleveland, Kansas City, or San Francisco could swoop in and land Valencia for themselves, and as we noted previously, there aren’t a lot of other great options for the Mets on the horizon.
Valencia is exactly what the Mets are looking for. He should be available now, and they have the kinds of excess minor league talent to go get him. So, A’s and Mets, let’s get the hot stove fired up; send Danny Velencia to Queens already. It makes too much sense to not happen.
Speaking of those guys from Flushing, there are a number of players that they could be considering. One features calling up Arizona for Brandon Drury.
The other? A reunion with Jose Reyes.
The Cubs don’t consider Javier Baez a trade chip.
Here is roundup of news from around the National League Central.
The 2016 Baltimore Orioles lineup is getting closer to breaking the franchise record for home runs in a season.
Steamer still has them falling short of the franchise record, but it is a lot closer than they originally had projected at the start of the season. Mark Trumbo has had the biggest improvement in the power department from the preseason predictions, but Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado are on pace to surpass Steamer's preseason forecast as well.
The eleven home runs they would need to make up is more manageable than the extra 36 home runs I needed to find them earlier in the year. There is the potential for the Orioles to make a mid-season acquisition, though many feel any upgrades should come in the rotation. The Orioles might also decide they need another bat to come off the bench down the stretch. While that player may not cover the remaining eleven home runs needed to set the franchise record, he can add a few home runs currently unaccounted for. In that case, the remaining home runs will be marginal and quite manageable. The Orioles have a powerful lineup, one that leads the majors in ISO along with home runs.
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