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Good morning baseball fans, and happy deadline day! Hopefully everybody has stockpiled snacks and drinks for this very long, and eventful day.
It all started with a bang yesterday, with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy vetoing a potential trade that would have sent him to the Cleveland Indians.
That didn’t stop the Indians from making another move, getting left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees.
All of that being said, there are no bad guys in this Lucroy saga, according to Dave Cameron of FanGraphs.
So, even with the frustrating result, I don’t really find that anyone did anything wrong here. The Indians and Brewers made a trade contingent on Lucroy agreeing to be traded, and the Indians weren’t able to convince him that Cleveland was the right fit for him. Lucroy had paid for the right to decide if he wanted to go to Cleveland, and given what he knows at this point, he chose not to. So now the Brewers will try to trade him somewhere else, and the Indians will find other ways to upgrade their roster.
Maybe Lucroy didn’t make the decision that would have been best for Cleveland fans or Milwaukee fans, or August Fagerstrom. But his job is to make the best decision for Jonathan Lucroy and his own family, and I’m not going to get mad at him for making a self-interested decision. Most of us have the right to choose where to work; baseball players shouldn’t be turned into villains for simply making that same choice.
With Lucroy back on the board, teams are starting to jump back in the mix for him, including the Texas Rangers.
Along with Lucroy, the Brewers are listening on Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith, with the Giants looking at both relievers.
The Yankees attempted to replace Miller’s presence in their bullpen, acquiring Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks.
And the Bronx Bombers are fielding offers on Carlos Beltran, with a number of teams expressing interest.
We’re in for a big day today, especially because the Dodgers are showing interest in Rays starter Chris Archer.
They are also interested in a Josh Reddick/Rich Hill combo from the Oakland A’s, along with the Blue Jays.
That being said, the A’s and Hill are discussing a potential contract extension.
It’s a tough market right now, but the Padres are still trying to trade Derek Norris.
Baltimore acquired Wade Miley from the Mariners.
The Cardinals added to their bullpen by trading for White Sox reliever Zach Duke.
Atop the list for Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson are both the Orioles and Giants, but the Miley deal may change the O’s interest.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League East.
And the MLB Blog Review, a perfect week to catch up on everything going on.
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