Derek Jeter reportedly met with commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday amidst reports that the Yankee legend is short of funds to meet Jeffrey Loria’s asking price. Tagg Romney and company are still in the running, as is a mystery third group.
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria may be on the move. The 28 year old has long been known as a defensive stalwart but his bat has left much to be desired. This, combined with the acceptable play of Marlins rookie JT Riddle and the presence of Miguel Rojas, has apparently made Hechavarria expendable. The St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles are among the teams reported to have interest.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Marlins are also listening to offers on their talented trio of players, but perhaps not the trio you’re thinking of. Relievers Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps, and closer AJ Ramos are apparently on the market, but not Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, or Giancarlo Stanton...not yet, anyway.
Both Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria are close to returning. Meanwhile, the Marlins placed Brad Ziegler on the 10-Day DL and replaced him on the roster with freshly activated Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa picked up right where he left off, giving up a two-run home run during his inning of relief in last night’s loss to the Cubs.
Ahead of the All-Star game in Miami, the Marlins have partnered with Uber to make it easier for fans to get to and from the ballpark.
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Prior to the start of the series in Miami, the Chicago Cubs sent struggling star Kyle Schwarber to AAA-Iowa. The power hasn’t dipped for Schwarber but he’s been hitting below the Mendoza line practically all season. After he gets a chance to “clear his head,” he’ll be back up.
Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 25th home run in the New York Yankees 10-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. Judge, who is often compared to the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, is halfway to the rookie record for home runs in a season, set by Mark Mcgwire in 1987.
The Oakland Athletics have designated former All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. Vogt has slashed .217/.287/.357 in 54 games this season.
First team to 50 wins this season? That would be the Houston Astros.