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We had a trade yesterday , with the Los Angeles Dodgers acquiring catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Phillies.
Rosters are going to expand and teams are going to give some playing time to prospects. That being said, here are eight prospects to watch this September.
Another trade, this time the Nationals acquired reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics.
Twins slugger Brian Dozier has become a complete hitter.
Will Dozier fall off from this level of play? Oh, definitely; no one can keep up a .389 ISO, even in this home run-friendly environment. But the even strategy he's taken at the plate should cushion the drop. Should Dozier maintain this combination — a ton of hard contact, a respectable amount of grounders, and a high-but-not-too-high pull rate — he'll continue to put up a decent BABIP along with his power. Once Buxton and co. come around, he'll be another strong cog in a potent Minnesota lineup.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League West.
Jeff Francoeur has made quite the tour of the major leagues during his twelve years in the majors.
We are heading back to money buying wins again, especially in the 2016 season.
Teams are still relying young players, but the cost to obtain those players is different. Caps on amateur talent have ended up helping the financially well off, as large-market teams were the first to expose the problems of the international-cap system by exploiting the supposed penalties. Those same teams used their financial might for Cuban and Asian free agents. The cap system in the draft incentivized losing for the Astros, Cubs, and now Phillies to help those teams rebuild.
Whether the relationship between payroll and wins remains strong might depend very much on the upcoming labor negotiations. The fight might not be between the players’ union and the owners, but among the owners themselves. The small-market teams exploited some advantages on which bigger-market clubs were slower to pick up, as teams embraced analytics, but those advantages don’t exist in the same way, and financial muscle could once again rule the day. It will be up to the owners of small-market teams and big-market teams to come up with a solution that can keep the Oaklands and Tampa Bays of the world competitive with the Rangers and Yankees.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1990, after spending six weeks on the DL, Bo Jackson hits a home run in his first at-bat. The home run ties a major league record with four straight home runs.