If you don’t think baseball is fun, then I can’t help you:
Friday got us like … pic.twitter.com/jzCT0f9HBP
— MLB (@MLB) August 4, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Trade Rumors!
2. Way Over Yonder
3. Home Sweet Home for Sean Rodriguez
4. Various News and Notes
5. Streaming Pitcher Options
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Braves and Tigers had talks about Michael Fulmer at the trade deadline. The Braves have made multiple inquiries into starting pitchers that have years worth of control, but were unable to acquire any at the deadline. With the strength of the Braves farm system, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them make a run at another during the offseason. The Tigers even engaging in talks to move Fulmer is a bit strange considering one would think that Fulmer would be a part of their rebuild plans.
Way Over Yonder
The Seattle Mariners acquired Yonder Alonso from the Oakland A’s for Boog Powell. Alonso has had a resurrection at the plate this season due to changes in his swing, but has struggled since his hot April and May. It was a bit surprising to see the return only be Boog Powell for the Athletics considering one would think they could have gotten more for Alonso prior to the deadline.
Home Sweet Home for Sean Rodriguez
Sean Rodriguez was acquired by the Pirates a few days ago and helped them with via a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12-inning on Sunday. Rodriguez, who played two seasons with the Pirates prior to signing a two-year deal in the offseason with the Braves, has missed much of the season after being injured in a car accident that required him to get shoulder surgery. If Rodriguez can continue to show he is fully recovered, he may be in line for some more playing time than just a reserve and is worth the gamble in NL only formats.
“BAH GAWD, IT CAN’T BE?! BUT IT IS! THAT’S SEAN RODRIGUEZ’S MUSIC!” pic.twitter.com/iHBX7KfUt7
— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) August 5, 2017
Various News and Notes
Domingo Santana was removed from Sunday’s game after being hit on the right hand with a pitch. Following the game x-rays came back negative and he is considered day-to-day at this time.
Brian Dozier left Sunday’s contest with an illness. Dozier, who was 1-for-3 with a home run prior to exiting, was originally thought to have injured himself, but it appears that he was just feeling under the weather. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, the Tigers are expected to promote newly acquired prospect Jeimer Candelario on Monday. Candelario was acquired in the Justin Wilson trade with the Cubs. He is only expected to be with the big league club for a few days while Jose Iglesias is away from the team on bereavement leave. Candelario has keeper value because the Tigers appear to be very high on him, but he is unlikely to make a major impact until rosters expand in september while Nick Castellanos mans the hot corner.
Max Scherzer is expected to start Monday for the Nationals. Scherzer left his last start with a neck issue after hitting his first career home run, but he made it through a bullpen session on Saturday and appears to be ok moving forward.
Matt Shoemaker will have surgery on his right forearm, officially ending his season. He is expected to be ready for spring training and could be an interesting sleeper if he can return to form.
David Phelps left Sunday’s start with an elbow injury. He will head back to Seattle for further testing, but it appears he is headed to the disabled list.
Miguel Sano will undergo a CT scan and MRI after having to sit out the weekend’s games due to being hit by a pitch on his hand Friday night. This appears to be precautionary, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see him hit the DL at this point.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: NONE
Short slate and only four pitchers qualify.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Andrew Cashner @ NYM
Cashner has been good as of late and draws the Mets while in a NL park.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.