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MLB Trade Rumors and News: Gregorius day to day with bone bruise, Braves sign Cervelli

The Yankees remain perpetually limping, while the Braves are putting together the final pieces of their playoffs puzzle.

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  • Yankees shortstop and emoji philosopher Didi Gregorius is day to day after being hit by Clayton Kershaw in the first inning of Sunday’s game, Aaron Boone told reporters. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the 29-year old sustained a bone bruise on his right shoulder but x-rays came back negative for any other damage. The morale boosting Gregorius has slashed .263/.293/.479 this season, flashing 13 home runs and 44 RBIs as he heads into free agency this winter. But fret not Yankees fans, the likelihood of Didi missing extended time is the same as the Yankees not trying to resign him in the offseason: very low. * Baseball emoji, volcano emoji, money flying away emoji *
  • Is the home run barrage throughout baseball bad for the game? Our Patrick Karraker explores the possibility that baseball has too many dingers for its own good and what the means for the future of the game.
  • Cleveland has placed José Ramírez on injured list with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand. He’ll stay on the 10-day IL for now until a better time line is fleshed out for his return. The team’s #11 prospect, Yu Chang, was recalled to take Ramírez’s roster spot on a Cleveland team that’s full speed ahead towards October baseball.
  • 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.
  • The Braves have signed Francisco Cervelli to a major-league deal, the team has announced. The 33-year old was released by the Pirates last week. The 12-year league veteran is the final piece in Atlanta’s contenting puzzle: bring some stabilization to what was a very unpredictable backstop situation. Current Braves catcher Tyler Flowers slashed an anemic .188/.257/.359. While that isn’t far behind Cervelli’s .193/.279/.248, the Venezuelan put up a 125 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR line just last year, alluding that there’s so much more for him to offer to a team. Could this be one of our favorite comeback stories this year?
  • 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.
  • Our Matt Powers has all the details on the short-season debut of Indians first-rounder Daniel Espino.
  • 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.
  • Chris Davis met the 9-year-old whose letter told him ‘Don’t give up.’ It was wonderful. We’re all crying, we can’t even pretend that we’re not.
  • 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.
  • While this news would have been more exciting a few years ago, the Athletics made a move to bolster their pitching depth as they signed Matt Harvey to a minor league deal. Harvey’s fall from grace has been pretty dramatic going from a potential ace for the Mets to getting unceremoniously booted from there to struggling to stay in the league at all.
  • 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?
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.’s rookie season was incredible, even if it was cut short.
  • After a tenure with the Diamondbacks that started well but took a very rough turn — and culminated with his release — Greg Holland is headed back to the Nationals, the same team that helped resurrect his career over the final two months of last season.
  • 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?