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MLB Trade Rumors and News: Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on the IL with a neck strain

The Nationals are having themselves a really rough 2021 season so far.

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  • The Nationals really needed Stephen Strasburg to look like the Stephen Strasburg from their World Series run in order to be consistently competitive during the 2021 season. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been what we have seen from Strasburg as he has lost some velocity and his stuff is not as crisp. Now, the Nats got even worse news after Strasburg was forced to leave his start against the Braves early as he was placed on the 10 day injured list with a neck strain that is causing nerve irritation.
  • The Cardinals got bad news on Tuesday, as ace Jack Flaherty could miss extended time with an oblique strain that manager Mike Shildt called “significant.” That’s a huge loss for St. Louis, as Flaherty has a 2.90 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 11 starts this season.
  • The Mets had been hopeful to get Noah Syndergaard back in their rotation soonish to try and hold off their division rivals in what has been a surprisingly bad National League East. Unfortunately, they will have to wait a good bit longer, as Syndergaard’s rehab hit a setback, and elbow inflammation will keep him out until at least August.
  • Javier Báez just gave us one of the smartest, funniest plays this season and we’re so grateful for that.
  • It was bad enough that the Yankees are going to be without Corey Kluber for a while. Now, we get word that Luke Voit is hitting the injured list with an oblique injury as Aaron Hicks underwent surgery that effectively ends his season.
  • Mickey Callaway has been awaiting his official fate from the league in the wake of some some serious and troubling allegations regarding his treatment of female members of the media. Well, MLB announced the results of their investigations where they found that Callaway had engaged in lewd and inappropriate conduct regarding his sexual advances towards journalists. He is now suspended through at least the 2022 season, and the Angels immediately fired him upon the decision being made.
  • Corey Kluber has been one of the league’s better stories during the 2021 season, especially in the wake of his recent no-hitter. Unfortunately, we got a reminder the existence of Father Time and that the laws of physics do not always get along with the human body as Kluber hit the injured list with a shoulder strain.
  • The Mets are currently dealing with injury issues that are nearly unheard of, and to help shore up their outfield issues, they acquired Billy McKinney from the Brewers in exchange for 17-year-old left-hander Pedro Quintana. McKinney, 26, hasn’t been very good this season, hitting .207/.260/.359 with three homers for Milwaukee, but he has four seasons of big-league experience and a solid amount of power (21 homers in 511 MLB plate appearances). That’s much more than can be said for the Mets’ internal call-up candidates at this point.
  • The Rays have traded Willy Adames to the Brewers in a four-player deal. Trevor Richards was also dealt to Milwaukee in exchange for relievers Drew Rasmussen and J.P. Feyereisen. The 25-year old Adames was arguably the core of the Rays’ young lineup last season, though he had struggled this season before being dealt. He will be taking over as the shortstop for that Brewers, who have been starved for consistency at the position and in desperate need of an offensive boost.
  • The Orioles’ ongoing search for a second baseman has come up empty.
  • For anyone who has he audacity to say that baseball is boring and no fun, Shohei Ohtani has become the baseball marvel the world hoped he’d be.
  • It appears as though 2021 is the year of the no-hitter. There have now been six no-hitters thrown this year after Corey Kluber threw a no-no last week against the Rangers. That six doesn’t even include Madison Bumgarner’s seven inning no-hitter earlier this season and is only two away from the all-time single-season league record.
  • Perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout probably won’t win the AL MVP Award in 2021, as he’s going to spend the next 6-8 weeks on the shelf recovering from a calf strain. Even though Trout had slumped in May, he still led the majors with a .466 OBP and 1.090 OPS due to the ridiculous .425/.523/.781 slash line he posted in April, and his loss is as massive as can be for an Angels team that was already struggling to stay above water in the AL West.
  • The Dodgers signed veteran slugger Albert Pujols to a major league deal, less than a month after he was designated for assignment and released by the Angels. For a moment there was a rumor floating around that the 41-year-old might sign with the Cardinals so he could play out his career with the team he made his name with. But clearly the Dodgers believe he has some fuel left in the tank, despite the .198/.250/.372 slash line he posted with the Angels this season.
  • The Angels have acquired Hunter Strickland from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Strickland will be a welcome addition to an Angels bullpen that has been run dry. He’s also started this season like a firecracker, posting a 1.69 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings. Coming from a competitor like Tampa Bay, it will be interesting to see what Strickland does in Los Angeles—both on and off the mound.
  • Remember when the league and MLBPA got in a very public back and forth that resulted in MLBPA essentially calling the league’s bluff and calling for a shortened slate of games with the idea that the players were going to file a grievance? Do you remember that Manfred tried to one-up that by saying no season was going to happen at all unless the players waived the right to file a grievance? That was fun...and that grievance has arrived as MLBPA formally accused the league of negotiating in bad faith on the terms of the 2020 season.
  • The Mariners’ former president Kevin Mather caused all sorts of havoc this past offseason when, among other things, he said that because their top prospect Jarred Kelenic declined to sign a long-term extension with the Mariners, that he was not going to start the 2021 season with the team in order to manipulate his service time. Well, that whole episode did not end well for Mather, but it didn’t stop the team from doing just that as both Jarred Kelenic AND Logan Gilbert got called up to the majors. We are sure it was because they “weren’t ready yet” and needed a handful of minor league games to become major leaguers.
  • The Dodgers have their own injury problems. Dustin May left his most recent start in the second inning and it was announced that he is going to have to undergo Tommy John surgery which will put him out until at least some time next season. It’s silly how much depth that Dodgers roster has, but they can’t really afford to lose too much more talent on the pitching side.
  • The health and safety protocols that the league has put in place for the 2021 season have been a hot topic given that we are amidst a vaccine rollout that should, in theory, make existing out in the world much safer and easier. Monday, MLB sent out a memo to teams saying that if at least 85% of a team’s roster becomes vaccinated, that the health protocols they are operating under will be relaxed.
  • The White Sox, fresh off an impressive run to the postseason last year, are primed to win the AL Central this year, but things just got a bit harder. It was announced last week that slugger Eloy Jimenez ruptured his pectoral tendon and will miss around 5-6 months of action as he recovers. While the White Sox do have a good number of quality bats in their lineup, Eloy’s injury is really going to put their depth to the test and place a lot of pressure on some young guys to perform.