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Tim Tebow held his workout for MLB scouts, and there were around six teams interested in the former NFL quarterbacks services.
The Indians and Athletics worked out a deal that saw outfielder Coco Crisp go back to where it all began.
Some team claimed Yasiel Puig off of trade waivers, but we don’t know who it was.
Here’s a thought: what if Yoenis Cespedes decides to opt-in to the New York Mets?
The surprising thing about Céspedes is that despite expecting heavy regression after his outstanding 2015 season, he actually has hit better this season. He’s hitting .295/.367/.570. His biggest improvement has been in doubling his walk rate, which has done wonders for raising what has been a mediocre OBP in the past. He’s been worth only 2.7 WAR this season, but a lot of that has to do with his poor center field defense. Even if he played the entire year in left, it’s highly unlikely that he’d be worth a 15 DRS like last year.
If Céspedes continues to hit even close to what he’s hit in the past couple of seasons and stays out of center, one could argue that he’ll be worth $23.75 million a year going forward. This Mets team is hurting badly for offense. They are tied with the Rangers for 17th best offense in baseball by wRC+. Among qualified hitters other than Céspedes, only Neil Walker andAsdrúbal Cabrera have been above-average hitters, and Walker will be a free agent after this season.
Cameron Maybin will get an MRI on his injured thumb.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.
Corey Seager was hit by a pitch, but luckily for the Dodgers and their fans, all seems to be okay with the shortstop.
Things are not okay for Gerrit Cole, who was placed on the disabled list by the Pirates with an inflamed elbow.
In his short major league career so far, Dansby Swanson is being pitched to like a slugger.
As for the lack of fastballs, this mimics something he already saw when he got to Double-A. “So many breaking balls,” he agreed, but not necessarily because he couldn’t handle it. Those pitchers just had better command of their breaking balls, so they threw them more.
His response to the lack of fastballs and first-pitch strikes will be the same it has been so far. “Learning how to stay within yourself and doing what you do best well, and not worrying about what they’re going to do,” is what he’s trying to do now. “Focus on yourself and keep your preparation in mind. Being clear in the head.”
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