Annnnnnd yeah its late again. Sorry about that.
Week 15-16 Results
• The biggest domino thus far has fallen in trade season and it happened in a most unusual manner as the Blue Jays sent ace Marcus Stroman to…….. the Mets?!? This one caught a lot of reporters off guard as the Mets themselves are likely in the seller category. But they sent prospect pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson (both of whom ranked among the Mets top 10 prospects). While acquiring Stroman, the Mets are simultaneously attempting to add more prospects to their pool with Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Jason Vargas, Todd Frazier and Edwin Diaz all reportedly being discussed with multiple teams. In the opinion of ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Mets have hijacked the pitching market for the 2019 deadline which could make the next 48 hours very interesting.
• Several other teams have made smaller acquisitions in the past few days that may yet pay some dividends for the end of the season. The Jays sent utilityman Eric Sogard to Tampa Bay (who in order to make 40 man roster space turned around and sent pitcher Hunter Wood and utility player Christian Arroyo to Cleveland). Sergio Romo (Miami to Minnesota), Jake Diekman (KC to Oakland), and Derek Holland (San Francisco to Chicago Cubs) have all also changed addresses.
• Another talked about potential trade chip, Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer, certainly didn’t do much to appeal to potential suitors with his latest start. He gave up 7 runs and walked 4 batters in 4.1 innings against the lowly Royals and capped it off with heaving the baseball from the mound to somewhere beyond the CF fence when manager Terry Francona came to remove him from the game. Bauer expressed remorse for his behavior after the game but as for what other teams will think if they call up Cleveland asking about Bauer…who knows?
• The Sogard trade is also notable as it made room for the Blue Jays to promote their next (and final?) son of an ex-big leaguer to the MLB roster. Bo Bichette, likely to slot in at shortstop, will be making his major league debut this week. He’s considered to have elite bat speed and was ranked consistently among the Jays ten best prospects coming into the season no matter who’s list you looked at.
• Finally in wonderful news, retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, hospitalized for nearly two months following injuries sustained in a shooting in his native Dominican Republic, was released from the hospital over the weekend and will continue his rehab and recovery at home. He released a statement via his Instagram account thanking his fans for their support and thanks to the medical professionals in both Santo Domingo and Boston who assisted in his treatment.
What’s on your mind this week everyone?