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It’s that time of year folks, and I’m not talking about pumpkin spice. Follow along with us in tracking the 2019 September call-ups and keep tabs on your team’s potential postseason hero.
- In what has been a surprising deep and talented 2019 rookie class, we are starting to get a sense as to who the frontrunners for the award are as the season winds down. Yordan Alvarez from the AL and Pete Alonso from the NL are heavy favorites to win based on a poll done by MLB.com recently. Alvarez received all of the first place votes in this straw poll while Alonso received all but four with Braves rookie pitcher Mike Soroka receiving the other four.
- The Mets have re-signed Ruben Tejada, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The Mets released Tejada early last week and assumably after sending a “u up?” text, are back on board with the veteran shortstop. While only playing six games for New York this season, Tejada brings some needed infield depth and a bat that still has some pop to it. Over those six games, his nine plate appearances were hitless, however he slashed .330/.408/.476 with Triple-A Syracuse this season. Not too bad considering he spent 2018 in Baltimore’s Triple-A Norfolk Tides, not receiving a call-up after a rough (and by rough I mean .230/.293/.283). While he won’t be apart of the first wave of September call-ups to the Mets, don’t be surprised if he makes his appearance soon enough.
- The September call-ups have one of their first
tributeshighly anticipated prospects. The Dodgers are bringing Gavin Lux to the show, manager Dave Roberts told the media. Jose Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports that Lux’s first big league appearance will be today’s game. The shortstop has been stellar in Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, slashing an insane .392/.478/.719 with 13 dingers. Max Muncy’s minor wrist fracture was just the event needed to usher the young slugger onto the team. Widely regarded as the 9th best prospectin baseball, he’ll come in to play second base for the Dodgers, a position he’s also had a good chunk of time in. Not only does Lux represent the drafting and developing capabilities of the Dodgers, he’s also an important part of Los Angeles having a team of young, strong players for a good long while.
- Aristides Aquino continues to be one of the bigger stories in the second half of the 2019 season. While the Reds may not be a great baseball team, he is carrying that team to wins as he continued his torrid hot stretch with his 14th home run of the season which also happens to be his 14th home run this month which is the new record mark for National League rookies.
- The Indians announced some fantastic news — not just from a baseball perspective, but from a human interest standpoint — as manager Terry Francona revealed that right-hander Carlos Carrasco will be activated from the injured list when rosters expand Sunday. Carrascocontinues to battle leukemia, but the fact that he’s healthy enough to pitch out of Cleveland’s bullpen appears to be great news for his recovery.
- As the season nears a close, our Andersen Pickard has been making the cases for players and teams to either pick up or decline options for 2020. Vote here on whether Aroldis Chapman will exercise his player option and whether the Nationals will pick up Ryan Zimmerman’s club option for next year.
- It’s the big ol’ elephant in the National League West. What happened to the Rockies this season?
- Less than a month after acquiring him from the Reds for a player to be named later or cash at the trade deadline, the Giants released second baseman Scooter Gennett on Tuesday. The decision to part ways with Gennett, a 2018 All-Star, coincided with the call-up of Mauricio Dubon (their No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), who was acquired from the Brewersat last month’s deadline.
- Per a report from The Athletic on Tuesday, Royals owner David Glass is in negotiations to sell the team to John Sherman — a local businessman who is currently part of the Indians’ ownership group but was a longtime Royals season-ticket holder — for more than $1 billion.
- 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 that 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 timeline 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 recently released by the Pirates. The 12-year major-league veteran is the final piece in Atlanta’s contending puzzle, bringing 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 Athleticspurchased 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 — last week. The 24-year-old lefty, who had Tommy John surgery last April, is pitching out of the Athletics’ bullpen to start.
- After no-hitting Toronto again last night, making that the third no-hitter of his career, it’s safe to say that Justin Verlander is the perfect Cy Young candidate for the Juiced Ball Era.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?