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- The Yankees have been decimated by injuries and needed some help to shore up their roster depth and versatility until they get some guys healthy. To that end, New York acquired Cameron Maybin in a deal for cash from the Indians.
- The long wait is over, as the Blue Jays are promoting third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in baseball as ranked by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, to the majors for tonight’s game against the Athletics.
- The AL East-leading Rays will be without utility player Joey Wendle for a significant amount of time after he suffered a fractured right wrist in Wednesday afternoon’s loss to the Royals.
- Carlos Martínez was a two-time NL All-Star as a starting pitcher, and he’s served as the Cardinals’ de-facto ace for the last half-decade. But since Martínez has been dealing with shoulder issues for nearly a year now, the team has decided that he will be a reliever upon his return from the injured list, as manager Mike Shildt told reporters Tuesday. The move is an effort to preserve the health of Martínez, who spent three stints on the then-DL last season and has spent all of 2019 to date on the injured list.
- Nathan Eovaldi is no stranger to arm trouble, but he did parlay a strong return from injury last season into a lucrative four year deal with the Red Sox. Unfortunately, Boston will be without Eovaldi for a while, as he had a surgical procedure on his elbow that will keep him out of action for at least 4-6 weeks.
- There has been a ton of extensions recently around baseball with many of them given to some of the game’s finest young stars. To keep up with all of the extensions we have seen, here is a tracker our own Cristiana Caruso put together.
- The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this season (just see below for a sampling) and have been in need of some help in their rotation. That is why it is a bit surprising that they released veteran arm Gio Gonzalez Monday, and doesn’t bode well for his chances to catch on elsewhere.
- Say it ain’t so, Yankees fans. Aaron Judge has suffered a ‘significant’ oblique strain and will miss time on the injured list. So wait...who is even left on the team? Oh my goodness, it’s Jacoby Ellsbury. This has been his plan all along.
- Good news, Cleveland fans! Francisco Lindor has been activated from the IL a lot sooner than thought. The catch? Cleveland has designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment, but that feels like a small price to pay for the All-Star infielder to be back in action.
- Oakland has gotten a steady amount of power production out of Khris Davis over the last couple of seasons and he is off to a hot start in 2019. Recognizing this, the Athletics inked Davis to a two-year, $33.5 million deal.
- After he was designated for assignment by Boston last week and sent out into the great waiver pasture, Blake Swihart has been acquired by the Diamondbacks. Also part of the deal for Arizona was some international bonus pool money in exchange for outfielder Marcus Wilson.
- In the latest unfortunate development in the sad story that has become Greg Bird’s career, the left-handed hitting first baseman will miss an indefinite period of time after suffering a left plantar fascia tear. Luke Voit and Mike Ford are holding down first base in his absence.
- The Braves inked another one of their young stars to an extremely team-friendly deal, as Ozzie Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million extension with two club options. This deal has raised a ton of eyebrows across the league, to say the least.
- Now that the Cardinals already locked up Paul Goldschmidt for the forseeable future, they turned their eyes to Matt Carpenter and agreed to terms with him on an extension that will keep him in St. Louis until at least 2021 with a vesting option for 2022. His option vests if he its 1,100 plate appearances total between the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
- Most Yankees fans’ expectations for Luis Severino had already been lowered substantially after he was shut down with a shoulder injury during spring training. They dropped down another notch earlier this month, as the team announced that the 24-year-old starter won’t start throwing again for at least six more weeks due to a new injury — a Grade 2 lat strain.
- Our own Andersen Pickard writes that MLB’s decision to shorten mid-inning breaks could have serious consequences for the league from a business standpoint.
- Here’s a hot serving of truth: The unwritten rules of baseball will never “let the kids play.”
- Not only is MLB implementing some rule changes over the next couple of years, but they are also workshopping other changes in the independent Atlantic League to see how things work or don’t work. Our own Stephen Tolbert took a look at these potential changes to see what impacts they could have on games.
- Let’s take a moment to be shocked and surprised: MLB’s revised roster rules could end up punishing the players. That’s thanks to a new limit on pitchers — while it’s yet to be confirmed, multiple reports have stated that come 2020, teams will only be allowed to carry 13 pitchers on their big-league roster — and a significant reduction on September call-ups.
MLB Trade Rumors and News: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set to debut today, Yankees acquire Maybin
The game’s top prospect is set to make his major league debut and and the Yankees made a trade.