Week 7 Avocado Fantasy League Results
• While rumors continue to connect them to free agent Craig Kimbrel, the Atlanta Braves went out and acquired Anthony Swarzak from Seattle in exchange for their injured closer Arodys Vizcaino and the recently designated for assignment Jesse Biddle. Cash was also sent by the Mariners to cover part of Swarzak’s salary. Vizcaino underwent shoulder surgery earlier this season and will not pitch again in 2019, he’ll be a free agent in November and was likely only included for salary purposes. Swarzak was good in a setup role for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, while Biddle also once had a strong run as a starter so both teams are hoping a change of scenery will give them each a productive piece.
• The Mets may have just suffered through one of the roughest weekends in recent memory. The team was swept by the lowly Miami Marlins; putting rumors that manager Mickey Callaway’s job was in jeopardy out there (he got a vote of confidence from GM Brodie Van Wagenen Monday); 2B Robinson Cano was benched Monday after twice failing to run out ground balls over the weekend; and then news came out that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, currently recovering from surgery on both his heels, had an accident on his ranch in Florida that resulted in a broken right ankle. Cespedes had been assumed to be on track to return in the second half, but his 2019 season is looking to be a lost year. And the team itself seems to be reeling.
• Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías will rejoin the team Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave by the league last week following a domestic violence incident. While the league’s investigation into Urías remains open, them being denied a viewing of video of the incident put them in a position of either waiting for the prosecutors and police to make their report or pursuing an extension of Urías’ administrative leave which would’ve required his consent or he’d file a grievance with the league. The league has chosen to wait for now.
• Josh Hamilton’s career never quite made it to the heights it was supposed to, but he did eventually make it to the major leagues and carve out a solid career for himself (including his MVP season in 2010). He did a good amount of his best playing in Texas as a member of the Rangers but after 3 knee surgeries in 2015 Hamilton chose to walk away from the game. He’ll be one of the Rangers inductees into the team’s hall of fame this year though and will surely be welcomed warmly!
• ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle asks, is the .300 hitter fading away? It makes an interesting read.
What’s on your minds this week?
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