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If the Diamondbacks are going to sell, Daniel Hudson and Brad Ziegler might be a package deal.
Joc Pederson bruised his shoulder in a collision with a wall, and the Dodgers are lucky to avoid a long term injury.
We aren’t allowed to have anything nice when it comes to pitchers in baseball, as even the greats are going down with injuries.
Is it finally the time where Jay Bruce gets traded?
If Bruce is hitting for power, he’s producing. If not, we see the 2014 season and the end of the 2015 season. He’s not going to sustain his current level of production consistently. As for the fielding side of things, that’s another concern: Bruce isn’t what he once was in the field, but he’s also not likely as bad as defensive metricsmake him out to be this season. He might fit better as a designated hitter, but even with the positional adjustment, that would put him as an average to slightly below-average player with modest hitting projections (108 wRC+).
With so many teams in contention and a weak free-agent market upcoming, the Reds should make sure they’re not again trying to deal Bruce from a position of weakness. It appears now they have gotten a bit lucky after failing to deal him in the past, and quick searches of the internet suggest that the Dodgers, Giants and the entire AL Central are interested right now. If the Reds hesitate again, they might end up with a slumping player of very little value to them or the rest of the league.
The Nationals signed Mat Latos to a minor-league deal.
Tampa and the Dodgers are engaging in talks about an Erasmo Ramirez trade.
Congress does in fact get along. They are working with the MLB to screw minor leaguers, according to our own Mike Bates.
Lorenzo Cain is out with an hamstring strain, adding to their list of injuries this season.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.
The Angels are in talks with their second rounder, Brandon Marsh.
A case could be made for the Pirates to keep Andrew McCutchen around in Pittsburgh.
There is another element in keeping McCutchen the Pirates have to take into account. He is the star and face of the franchise that Pittsburgh fans have waited for since at least Barry Bonds, but certainly since Willie Stargell or Roberto Clemente. While this may not be the best way to value a player, it is one element teams have to take into account when discussing their players, especially one of McCutchen's caliber. Trading McCutchen will undoubtedly hurt attendance, jersey sales, and perhaps most importantly the image of the team — one Pittsburgh has worked hard to restore after two decades of losing.
The Pittsburgh Pirates may be missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012 this season (there still is a long way to go in 2016 and I would not be surprised to see Pittsburgh grab one of the wild card spots), but 2017 and 2018 already have a core in place that, with the right moves around it, will keep Pittsburgh in the race no matter how great Chicago will be. If 2017 turns into another playoff-less season and Pittsburgh has no other choice than to plan for the future, then maybe it will be smart to recoup value for a former MVP in Andrew McCutchen. From my vantage point, Pittsburgh would be wise to reward their players and fans by capitalizing on the talent they have now and go for it all, because there is no greater opportunity than the present moment.
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