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Sunday’s game could be the final home contest of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto’s tenure with the team, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald observes. Spencer’s the latest to note that the Fish will likely trade Realmuto in the offseason if they’re unable to extend him, as they’re rebuilding and he’s only under control through 2020.…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 23, 2018, 3:23 am
9;38pm: Musgrove tells Biertempfel that surgery hasn’t been ruled out, adding that he’ll know more after his six-week recovery period. 8:37pm: The Pirates announced that they’ve shut down right-hander Joe Musgrove for the season on account of “right side abdominal discomfort.” To be more specific, Musgrove’s dealing with “a stress reaction on the front of…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 23, 2018, 2:38 am
Phillies pending free agent Jose Bautista tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link) that he plans to continue his career in 2019, which would be his age-38 season. Bautista would like to suit up for a contender next year, Rosenthal says. Considering his output dating back to 2017, Bautista may not be in position to…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 23, 2018, 1:11 am
The Phillies fell to the NL East rival Braves on Saturday, enabling Atlanta to clinch the division and continuing a difficult few months for Philadelphia. While the Phillies have gone just 25-34 since the All-Star break to fall out of playoff contention, the team’s still 78-76 and on pace for its first .500 or better…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 23, 2018, 12:12 am
In Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks, the Yankees already have a high-end starting outfield under control for 2019. But they’ll have more decisions to make in that area this offseason, specifically with veterans Andrew McCutchen and Brett Gardner. The club would “like to” retain McCutchen, a pending free agent, if his asking price…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: September 22, 2018, 11:02 pm
“There is no finality in Clayton Kershaw’s future. There is uncertainty,” Bill Shaikin writes in an article for the LA Times. While he’s hardly the first to think along those lines as the future Hall of Famer approaches a decision about his opt-out clause, Shaikin’s words do an excellent job of setting the tone for…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 9:47 pm
The Cubs have selected the contract of middle infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Iowa, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic tweets. He’ll take the place of Addison Russell on the roster, who’s on administrative leave amidst allegations of spousal abuse. The 31-year-old Freeman is as much of a journeyman as any player you’ll see, having played…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 8:43 pm
Per a team press release, the Twins have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He’ll head to Oakland tonight to join the MLB team. Ervin Santana has been transferred to the 60-day DL in order to make room for him on the roster. Minnesota signed the 29-year-old Graterol to a minors…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 8:00 pm
In a piece for the Sports Info Solutions blog, Mark Simon digs deep to try and find an explanation for Bryce Harper’s poor defensive ratings; he’s cost the Nationals 25 runs with his performance in the field, per Defensive Runs Saved. Simon notes that Harper ranks second-worst among all MLB position players in that metric, having played…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 6:32 pm
Per a tweet from Marc Carig of The Athletic, Yankees lefty CC Sabathia has decided to play next year. Though he’d indicated early on in the season that he might retire under certain circumstances, more recent statements from Sabathia had suggested he’d like to play another season. Most notably, he’d said he was taking a…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 5:04 pm
Near the end of May, MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk provided readers with an update on all the known 2019 vesting options. As he mentioned at that time, some options of this kind go unreported, so we’ll examine the list below with the caveat that it could potentially be incomplete. A vesting option is a clause in…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: September 22, 2018, 2:59 pm
Astros director of research and development Mike Fast has left the organization, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart was among those to cover (via Twitter). The former Baseball Prospectus scribe joined the organization well in advance of its rise to prominence, forming a key part of the front office team assembled by GM Jeff Luhnow. Fast tells…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: September 22, 2018, 5:21 am
Marcell Ozuna’s first season with the Cardinals has had its ups and downs, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch chronicled today, with a particular focus on the shoulder injury that has hampered Ozuna since last offseason. The Cardinals were undeterred by Ozuna’s shoulder issues when they traded for him, but increasingly recognized the effects the…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: September 22, 2018, 3:15 am
In our Silver Linings series, we’re checking in on the most promising developments for non-contending teams during an otherwise disappointing 2018 season. Today, we’ll hop over to the National League East. [Previous “Silver Linings” Posts: AL Central, NL Central] While the Phillies are all but eliminated and sit just 1.5 games ahead of the Nats,…
Author: Ty Bradley
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:55 am
The Orioles are expected to move on from longtime manager Buck Showalter following the 2018 season, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. That meshes with yesterday’s report from Fancred’s Jon Heyman, which called Showalter “likely” to be replaced. Nightengale adds that general manager Dan Duquette is expected to receive an extension. It seems ownership was…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: September 21, 2018, 10:03 pm