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MLB Trade Rumors and News: Rays get bad news as Brandon Lowe is expected to miss the rest of the season

Rays will have to try and hang on to a wild card spot without their star rookie

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  • The Rays have had themselves a really nice season so far thanks to strong pitching and some breakout performances on the offensive side of the ball. Their play on the field has them in a strong position in the AL wild card race, but they got some bad news as one of those breakout players, rookie second baseman Brandon Lowe, will miss the rest of the 2019 season with a quad injury.
  • The injured list always claims some big names during the course of the season because that is just the nature of the beast. As we approach the homestretch of the 2019 season, we are seeing a bit of a spike in well-known guys landing on the IL as Carlos Correa, Brian McCann, and Chris Archer are all going to miss some time.
  • Just over three years after taking him sixth overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, the Athletics purchased the contract of lefty A.J. Puk — ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the organization, the No. 43 prospect in all of baseball, and the No. 5 left-handed pitching prospect in the sport by MLB Pipeline — on Tuesday. The 24-year-old lefty, who had Tommy John surgery last April, will debut out of the Athletics’ bullpen.
  • The Red Sox got some much needed good news on Monday as they found out their ace Chris Sale is going to avoid Tommy John surgery, which it was previously feared he might need. The downside is that Boston finds themselves out of a Wild Card spot, and while Sale isn’t going to miss a full season plus, he is most definitely not healthy right now as Boston tries to make a push.
  • The Braves continued to make small improvements to their roster, as they claimed Billy Hamilton off of waivers from the Royals. Hamilton can’t hit really at all, but for a team that just lost Ender Inciarte to a hamstring injury... getting a Gold Glove finalist who is also arguably the best base stealer in the game to be a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch runner is a pretty decent backup plan.
  • Atlanta is ready to contend and is packing on as much potential power as possible. The Braves have signed veteran Adeiny Hechavarria to a major-league deal. After freshly being released by the Mets, the shortstop has found a new home in the same division. While he’ll become the team’s everyday shortstop, he’ll be taking the roster spot of Johan Camargo, utility-man-turned-emergency-shortstop ever since Dansby Swanson hit the IL in late July.
  • Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. will be out for the season with a stress reaction in his back. While there wasn’t much the young shortstop could have done to bring the Padres a Wild Card spot this year, his presence was enough to give much-needed life to the team. Seeing what could have been a Rookie of the Year season end this way is heartbreaking for any baseball fan. Tatis Jr. was slashing .317/.379/.590 with 22 homer and 16 steals. Fingers crossed this doesn’t start the rookie down an injury-prone path. Luis Urías will slide over to shortstop in his place.
  • Yu Darvish is one of the big names to watch as the season begins to wind down. The Chicago Cub has a choice to make: opt out of his contract or be under team control for four more years. He’s due to make $22M in both 2020 and 2021, $19M in 2022, and $18M in 2023. And with an ERA over 4.00 and very obvious struggles this past season and a half with Chicago, it’d seem logical for him to opt in. Do you think Darvish will exercise his 2020 option?
  • The Cubs have been dealing with some depth issues at catcher of late thanks to an injury to Willson Contreras, but they did get a bit of a reprieve when they signed Jonathan Lucroy. This move is one that likely would have been more exciting when Lucroy was playing All-Star level baseball, but for a late season addition...the Cubs could do far worse that Lucroy.
  • Due to make $25M but only see $15M of that due to deferment (ah yes, the best friend of Major League Baseball owners), Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a big decision this offseason. Will he exercise his 2020 option?