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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for August 12, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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Good morning baseball fans!

The injury bug hit the Boston Red Sox hard, with both David Ortiz and Mookie Betts leaving a game with injuries.

With the end of the season getting closer, these five managers might be managing for their jobs.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Mike Trout will deserve the MVP award, but won’t get it.

Again, WAR is an imperfect approximation of player value. There are strengths and faults to the statistic. It is accurate, however, insofar as Trout being the best player in baseball, and clearly being the best in the AL. He will deserve the MVP award. In all likelihood, he won’t win, because life is cruelty and pain punctuated by brief moments of ecstasy until the sweet embrace of death finds us our favorite baseball players retire.

In the long run, this matters little. Trout is still a fantastic player regardless of whether or not he wins arbitrary hardware for his mantle, and he will still make truckloads of money before he’s done.

However, it’s high time that the baseball writing community realize that a team’s place in the standings has little to do with the quality of their best player. Mike Trout can’t help that he was drafted by the Angels. If he could, then...

He’d be playing for the Phillies, and we may be having this very same conversation.

Carry on.

Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.

Rather quickly, the Philadelphia Phillies rotation has fallen apart.

Is it possible to salvage Carlos Gomez?

At the end of the day, I don’t actually know what’s been wrong with Carlos Gomez. I know how the issue has manifested in the stats, but I don’t know the problem in specific. I know the raw ability is still in there. Gomez has shown enough flashes, and that’s why he’s going to remain a major-league player. I just don’t see any reason to believe he’ll be a good major-league player again soon. Not to defer to authority, but the Astros would love to have a good center fielder, and they wouldn’t drop Gomez if they thought there was something to salvage. There are still skills present, and presently hidden. They need an awful lot of help getting out.

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