Now 29 years old, Gomez cut his teeth in the Majors as a 21-year-old with the Mets. Traded to the Twins as part of the 2008 Johan Santana blockbuster, Gomez spent two seasons in Minnesota and delivered mixed results before being flipped to Milwaukee in a one-for-one swap that sent J.J. Hardy to Minneapolis. His first few seasons with the team resulted in more of the same underwhelming results, but Gomez broke out into superstar territory with an explosive 2012 campaign.
That 2012 season saw Gomez bat .260/.305/.463 with a career-high 17 homers and 39 stolen bases to go along with his elite center field defense. Since that time, Gomez has paired a .276/.336/.475 batting line with some of the game’s best center field defense to deliver more than 16 wins above replacement for the Brewers.
7:54pm: The Mets and Brewers are now moving closer to an agreement, Martino reports (Twitter link).
7:47pm: Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports (via Twitter) that if a trade is agreed upon, Juan Lagares is expected to be sent to the Brewers in the swap. Lagares’ name has been “prominent” in talks between the two sides, Passan adds.
7:20pm: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Brewers have been asking the Mets for one of the team’s “top four” starters (referring to Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz). He adds that it might be tough to finalize the deal without Milwaukee dropping its asking price.
Rosenthal tweets that one scenario which has been discussed would send Wheeler and Flores to Milwaukee.
6:43pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets and Brewers have talked recently and not about Gerardo Parra (All Twitter links). The Mets do like Gomez, he says, but an insider tells him there’s nothing at the finish line yet. Sherman wonders if the Mets value the remaining one and a half years on Gomez’s deal to part with Zack Wheeler, whom Milwaukee likes quite a bit. Sherman also notes that the Brewers like Wilmer Flores, though he wouldn’t be the main piece in any deal.
Rosenthal tweets that the Mets are “working hard” to add a bat, but he was told earlier that the price to acquire him is steep.
6:36pm: The Mets and Brewers have indeed had recent talks regarding Gomez, according to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi (Twitter link), but no deal appears close at this time. The Mets are still looking at other hitters as well, per the FOX Sports duo.
6:10pm: The Mets are “very close to pulling off a big trade,” Marc Carig of Newsday reports on Twitter. There is momentum towards a deal for a “big bat,” Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first connected New York to the chase for a “big bat” earlier today. Adam Rubin of ESPN.com tweeted that the team was working on a fan-pleasing trade.
It seems as if a significant acquisition could be in the works, though it’s entirely unclear who that might be. As we covered in an earlier post, New York has shown interest in the past in Justin Upton of the Padres and Jay Bruce of the Reds, both of whom would certainly qualify as sluggers, though Rubin tweets that Cincinnati seems to be focused on moving pitching. The team is specifically said not to be pursuing the new-to-the-market Yoenis Cespedes, and prior reports indicated the same with regard to Carlos Gonzalez.
7:44pm: Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area tweets that one scenario which was discussed between the Giants and Phillies was centered around young catcher Andrew Susac as well as right-hander Tyler Beede and two more minor leaguers. Clearly, that’s a sizable ask, but the much ballyhooed Susac would be a logical target for the Giants, as he’s blocked in San Francisco by Buster Posey, and the Phillies are in need of a long-term solution behind the plate.
2:07pm: A deal on Hamels is not likely to come together until tomorrow or possibly Friday, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweets.
12:12pm: The Giants are “fading” back of the pack chasing Hamels, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. San Francisco has not communicated with the Phillies on a deal in the last 24 hours, he adds.
It’s not entirely surprising to hear that San Francisco could fall out of the running. The club does have plenty of options in its rotation, so the immediate need is not pressing. And the Giants arguably lack the same stable of high-upside minor leaguers that other teams with interest can dangle.
8:51am: The Red Sox appear unlikely to land Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, according to a report form Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Boston’s pursuit of the veteran has been complicated throughout by his no-trade clause, per the report.
While the Red Sox have seemed more an outside contender to add Hamels in recent weeks, the report provides interesting insight into how the Phillies will handle their decision. Philadelphia reportedly asked teams to submit their best offers on Hamels today, and presumably will move to work out a deal with the preferred suitor in relatively short order.
Bradford says there are indications that the Phillies may be devoting more attention to working with interested teams that do not appear on the list of teams over which Hamels has veto power. That may suggest that the clause is a significant barrier — and one, perhaps, that the Phillies do not want to deal with in finalizing an agreement.
As Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com recently tweeted, Hamels can be dealt to two American League clubs (the Yankees and Rangers) or seven National League clubs (the Nationals, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Cubs, and Mets) without his consent. Of those teams, of course, Texas and Los Angeles have been most heavily tied to Hamels, with the Yankees and Cubs also mentioned at times as teams with possible interest.
7:30pm: The Padres are more interested in Ross than they are in Cashner, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
6:01pm: The Astros and Padres appear to be making some headway when it comes to a trade involving some of San Diego’s pitching, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. One source told Drellich that things are “gaining steam,” though multiple people close to the situation told him that there’s nothing “in the red zone” just yet.
Drellich lists Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner as possible fits for the Astros, and it should also be noted that the Padres have reportedly been pushing to unload the remaining three and a half years on James Shields‘ backloaded four-year, $75MM contract. ESPN’s Jayson Stark recently reported that rival teams expect the Padres to pull off some form of “huge” trade, though there’s nothing yet to indicate the magnitude of a potential swap between Houston and San Diego.
Houston is still interested in Cole Hamels, Drellich hears, but they don’t expect to acquire him. The Rangers are regarded as the favorite, Drellich writes, and all of these moving pieces could align to give us an indication as to what’s to come in the next two days. Not even an hour ago, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that talks between the Padres and Rangers regarding Cashner and Ross had cooled off. As Stark tweets, that may serve as another sign that Texas is the favorite for Hamels. It would make sense, then, to hear that the Rangers’ talks for Cashner and Ross have slowed just as the Astros’ talks with the Padres — perhaps for one of those two pitchers — are beginning to gain traction.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday suffered an apparent quad injury in Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
While attempting to break up a double play in the first inning, Holliday suffered an injury, and Stephen Piscotty replaced him in left field as Mark Reynolds entered to play first base, announced the Cardinals.
Holliday previously missed more than a month of action because of a quad injury suffered in early June against the Colorado Rockies. The absence caused him to sit out the All-Star Game after the fans voted him into the National League starting lineup.
It's rare for the talented outfielder to get hampered this often by injuries. He's been mostly durable throughout his career, playing at least 155 of the 162 games four times in the past six years, and he's never made fewer than 120 appearances in a season.
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On Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies traded shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Wednesday, he made himself at home up north against the Philadelphia Phillies.
With a man on in the bottom of the third, Tulowitzki hit an absolute bomb to left-center field, which seemed to put a serious jolt of energy into the stadium.
Keep it up, Tulo. Pretty soon, you might earn yourself a shoutout from Drake.
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According to the Red Sox's official Twitter, Betts was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.
Betts was injured making a terrific catch in the sixth inning against Jose Abreu, running full speed onto the warning track before leaping over the fence to avoid a full-on collision with the wall. He was taken out of the game after that moment.
The 22-year-old Betts has shown great progress as this season has gone on, hitting .265/.317/.438 in 97 games, so the Red Sox are smart to play things cautiously with him.
Betts has been able to endear himself to Boston fans with his hard play, as evidenced by the effort against Abreu and some time he missed in June after running into the wall in center field.
The Red Sox have been such a mess this season that they can afford to be easy with their players. Betts is a big part of their future in Boston, but the long-term outlook is what matters for the team at this point.
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From guessing where David Price will be making his next start to trying to predict which clubs will be the biggest buyers and sellers, it's nearly impossible to keep up with all the latest storylines as the MLB trade deadline inches closer.
The furious pace of trade week makes this the ideal moment to cut through the chatter and figure out which rumors are fact and which ones are nothing but fiction.
Between now and 4 p.m. ET on Friday, the Detroit Tigers won't be the only underachieving club that will sell big. Plus, there's the possibility that one contender that almost always plays it cool at the deadline could be preparing to make a major splash.
We are in the midst of the final few days before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline hits July 31. Lots of clubs still find themselves stuck in between being buyers and sellers, clogging up the market in the process. One team that has managed to stay beneath the fray has been the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have already made a number of small but effective moves this week.
While keeping the ledger full with roster moves in terms of call-ups, disabled-list stints, etc., Los Angeles has also been busy dealing, per the team's official website.
Just one day after the team placed third baseman David Freese on the DL, it traded for Conor Gillaspie, giving up cash in return. Two days after activating Gillaspie, L.A. acquired corner outfielder Shane Victorino for minor league veteran Josh Rutledge. The very next day, the Angels made moves for two more corner outfielders, David DeJesus and David Murphy, while also placing Matt Joyce on the seven-day DL.
None of the moves were game-changers. However, collectively, all the acquisitions do a nice job of giving manager Mike Scioscia and company some adequate options to play left field and rotate in other spots to sub the starters.
The team would be in trouble if it was going to rely on Victorino to be the everyday left fielder the rest of the summer and into the playoffs. However, platooning Victorino (career .876 OPS versus lefties) with Murphy (career .801 OPS versus righties) could give the Angels one acceptable outfielder in total. And that's a good result for what the team gave up to acquire these pieces.
Los Angeles isn't necessarily done on the trade front either. Here is the latest buzz surrounding the team.
Alden Gonzalez, Angels beat writer for MLB.com, wrote, "The Angels [are] still in the market for another bullpen arm, something similar to the [Jason] Grilli acquisition of last June." Gonzalez feels confident they will acquire someone in that middle-relief vein to help the back-end guys out a bit.
Cesar Ramos is the only player in the entire bullpen who has made at least three appearances and has an ERA below 2.80. With many of the options being less than stellar and Vinnie Pestano having been sent down due to poor performance, the team could use another quality relief arm.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press tweeted that the Angels were interested in Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes but couldn't justify waiting until the Tigers made their decision on whether they would be buyers or sellers. Depending on the timing, that could have been the final straw that caused L.A. to instead turn to the small-pieces approach in the outfield.
And of course, Detroit settled on its decision Wednesday afternoon, announcing that its big names, David Price and Cespedes, would indeed be available in trades, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. It appears this saga may have simply moved too slowly for L.A. to benefit.
Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register notes Jered Weaver is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday. This will be his first action since going on the disabled list more than a month ago. If Weaver returns to full health, it will give the team six legitimate starting pitchers. It remains to be seen if the team has given up on acquiring a big-name bat by the deadline, but having an extra starter is a strength few teams can deal from.
If this is all for L.A. on the trade front, the players the Angels have acquired aren't flashy or fun. They could be effective though in solving the team's main problem, which is generating offense from the left field and DH positions. Adding another piece in the pen would be nice as well as this club attempts to conquer the Houston Astros and the rest of the AL West through the dog days of summer.
As long as Mike Trout is fine, the rest is just gravy anyway!
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