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MLB trade rumors and news: Adley Rutschman makes Triple-A debut

The potential savior of the Orioles organization is only one level away from the big leagues.

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  • Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and the top prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday night, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while guiding a trio of pitchers to a one-hit shutout of the Memphis Redbirds. Considering GM Mike Elias’ propensity for minimizing costs and taking an emotionless, business-first approach to roster management, it would be surprising to see Rutschman promoted to the majors this year, no matter how he does in Triple-A. But this promotion puts him in better position to make an impact in the big leagues next season.
  • Mookie Betts appears to be headed back to the injured list with a hip injury that has nagged him during the second half. It’s an unfortunate setback for Betts, who has finally started to look like his normal self at the plate in recent weeks.
  • The Phillies have battled (or backed?) their way into first place in the NL East this month, doing so recently without their second most impactful hitter, first baseman Rhys Hoskins. They won’t be getting Hoskins back for at least another week, as he was placed on the injured list Tuesday with a groin strain retroactive to August 7. The 28-year-old slugger, who has an .841 OPS with 24 homers this season, hasn’t played since August 5.
  • The Angels were already having a rough time of it with Mike Trout’s return from a calf injury getting perennially pushed back, now they will be without another bat that they were counting on this season. Anthony Rendon has been dealing with a right hip impingement and will have surgery that will end of his season.
  • The Dodgers made news yet again, deciding to take a flyer on 37-year-old lefty Cole Hamels, who they signed to a one-year, $1 million deal.
  • Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow underwent Tommy John surgery last week, officially ending his 2021 season and likely ruining his chances of pitching in 2022. Glasnow, 27, has been stellar since joining the Rays in July 2018, and it will be a real challenge for Tampa to get back to the World Series this year without him in the rotation. Glasnow hasn’t pitched since mid-June, when he suffered a UCL tear, though he spent the last six weeks trying to rehab the injury before committing to surgery.

We know. Things got a little wild at the trade deadline, and we’re not talking about whatever you did at Happy Hour. However, like the Happy Hour drink specials, this deadline snuck up fast with little warning and then was non-stop chaos for a few hours of unpredictability. Here’s a little recap of who is going to pop up on a different team, leading you to say, “What? No way! When?”.