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Quick Hits: Reds, Nationals, A’s https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/09/quick-hits-reds-nationals-as.html
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<p class=”entry-meta”>By <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/author/tylerzencka” title=”Posts by TC Zencka” class=”entry-author-link url fn” rel=”author”><span itemprop=”name” class=”entry-author-link entry-author-name”>TC Zencka</span></a> | <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T22:26:43+00:00″>September 17, 2021</time> at <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T22:26:43+00:00″>10:26pm CDT</time> </p></div><div itemprop=”text” readability=”43.922619047619″><p>The Reds and pitching guru Kyle Boddy are ending their relationship after two seasons, <a href=”https://twitter.com/drivelinebases/status/1438981515531079681″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per a press release from Boddy himself</a>. Boddy and Driveline Baseball, his player development organization, surged into the public sphere not long ago as major disruptors in pitching innovation and date-driven development. The Reds’ hiring of Boddy as their minor league pitching coordinator suggested buy-in on Cincinnati’s side, as did their promotion of Boddy to Director of Pitching. That makes this split somewhat surprising, but the relationship clearly did not progress as planned.</p>
<p>What this means for the future of Reds’ development is unclear. Changing philosophies organization-wide can be a slow and clunky process, but it’s certainly possible that the Reds don’t plan to make wholesale changes. Still, moving on from such a public and outside-the-box hire suggests that the Reds will be moving in a different direction in terms of their minor league development strategy. Elsewhere around the game…</p>
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<li>The Nationals are planning on avoiding a full-scale rebuild, according to comments made by GM Mike Rizzo, provided by Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (<a href=”https://twitter.com/dougherty_jesse/status/1438976677997162497″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>via Twitter</a>). Perhaps most interestingly, Rizzo says that the players on the squad now will make the foundation of their next championship club. <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=sotoju01,soto–004jua&amp;search=Juan+Soto&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Juan Soto</a></strong> fits the bill, for obvious reasons, but it’s unclear who else might be a part of that supposed core. <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruizke01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Keibert Ruiz</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=garcilu03,garcilu05,garcilu04,garcilu02,garcia029lui,garcia017lui,garcia022lui,garcia023lui,garcia028lui,garcia021lui&amp;search=Luis+Garcia&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Luis Garcia</a></strong>, and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kieboca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Carter Kieboom</a></strong> are the most obvious candidates given their age and prospect status, but none of the three is yet clearly established as an above-average regular. Time will tell if Rizzo is right about this current crop of Nats.</li>
<li>The Athletics continue to take steps towards relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas. <a href=”https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/athletics/article/Kaval-A-s-to-narrow-choices-for-Las-Vegas-16468599.php” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Per Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle</a>, the A’s will winnow a list of potential sites down to a few finalists sometime in November. Although Vegas’ involvement might have seemed like a bargaining ploy to start, there’s clearly a real possibility of a move. This saga is far from done, however, as the city of Oakland remains in negotiations with the A’s about the prospect of building a new stadium.</li>
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Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:26:43 +0000 TC Zencka
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Cincinnati Reds
Mike Rizzo
Oakland Athletics
Washington Nationals


Shohei Ohtani Battling Arm Soreness, Might Not Pitch For Rest Of The Season https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/09/shohei-ohtani-battling-arm-soreness-could-be-shut-down-as-pitcher-for-2021.html
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=556287
<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/09/shoheiohtani-2021-1024×744.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>TODAY:</strong> After throwing a bullpen session, the Angels now believe the Ohtani is well enough to start this Sunday’s ballgame against Oakland, per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger (<a href=”https://twitter.com/RhettBollinger/status/1439049583397457923″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>via Twitter</a>).</p><p><strong>Sept. 16: <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ohtansh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Shohei Ohtani</a></strong> won’t pitch during the Angels’ three-game series with the Athletics, though the two-way star had been tentatively slated to start tomorrow’s series opener.&nbsp; Angels manager Joe Maddon told <a href=”https://www.mlb.com/angels/news/shohei-ohtani-has-sore-arm-next-start-delayed” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>MLB.com’s Ryan Herrera</a> and other reporters that Ohtani came away with a sore arm after a game of catch on Wednesday, so the team will keep him from pitching so his condition can be further monitored.&nbsp; Ohtani will continue to regularly serve as the Angels’ DH, though it is possible Ohtani may have pitched his last game of 2021.</p>
<p>While the situation “<em>hasn’t gotten there yet</em>” in terms of shutting Ohtani down as a pitcher, Maddon said “<em>we just have to wait and see</em>” if Ohtani could take the hill for the 22nd time this season.</p>
<p>“<em>He’ll continue to do his thing and be playing catch, and then we’ll determine if he feels good enough to [pitch] again</em>,” Maddon said.&nbsp; “<em>So I don’t know.&nbsp; I think he can, but we’ve been caught in these circumstances a lot this year</em>.”</p>
<p>There isn’t much left for the Angels to play for this season, so it wouldn’t make much sense for the team to take a risk with Ohtani during what has already been an injury-riddled campaign for the Halos.&nbsp; Losing <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/troutmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mike Trout</a></strong> and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rendoan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Anthony Rendon</a></strong> for the majority of the season spelled doom for a club that needed all the offensive help it could get considering the Angels’ pitching and defensive struggles.</p>
<p>The one big bright spot has been Ohtani’s season for the ages.&nbsp; Combining excellent pitching with elite offense, Ohtani has a 3.36 ERA and 28.8% strikeout rate over 115 1/3 innings on the mound this year, and a .254/.336/.599 slash line and 44 home runs over 564 plate appearances.&nbsp; This incredible performance has evoked comparisons to Babe Ruth, turned Ohtani into a household name, and made him the presumptive frontrunner for the AL MVP Award.</p>
<p>Quite a bit of Ohtani’s production, however, came in the first half of the season.&nbsp; Ohtani has hit only .191/.331/.376 with seven home runs over his last 172 PA, and his most recent pitching outing (on September 10) saw him allow six runs over 3 1/3 innings of work against the Astros.&nbsp; Some decline was probably inevitable given Ohtani’s meteoric start, and his unique workload in staying prepared to both pitch and regularly hit against Major League competition.</p>
<p>Ohtani also pitched only 1 2/3 innings total in 2019-20 due to injuries, including a recovery from Tommy John surgery.&nbsp; That said, whatever wear and tear Ohtani might be feeling has seemingly impacted his bat more than his arm.&nbsp; Apart from that one mediocre start against the Astros, Ohtani has otherwise posted a 2.20 ERA over 45 innings since the All-Star break.</p>
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Sat, 18 Sep 2021 02:30:59 +0000 Mark Polishuk
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Los Angeles Angels
Shohei Ohtani


Giants Place Jake McGee On 10-Day Injured List https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/09/giants-place-jake-mcgee-on-10-day-injured-list.html
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/?p=556622
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<p class=”entry-meta”>By <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/author/tylerzencka” title=”Posts by TC Zencka” class=”entry-author-link url fn” rel=”author”><span itemprop=”name” class=”entry-author-link entry-author-name”>TC Zencka</span></a> | <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T21:11:14+00:00″>September 17, 2021</time> at <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T21:11:14+00:00″>9:11pm CDT</time> </p></div><div itemprop=”text” readability=”69.319376391982″><p>The Giants have placed reliever <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgeeja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jake McGee</a></strong> on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, <a href=”https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/giants/article/Giants-put-closer-Jake-McGee-on-IL-trio-will-16468666.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Premium)&amp;utm_source=t.co&amp;utm_medium=referral” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle</a>. Because the injury placement is backdated to Tuesday when McGee first felt the muscle acting up, he will be available to return to the active roster by September 24 at the earliest.</p>
<p>Not long ago, it would have been scoff-worthy to suggest that McGee would find a role as the nominal closer for the team with the best record in the Majors – but here we are. McGee was one of the Rockies’ <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/rockies-to-re-sign-jake-mcgee.html” data-wpel-link=”internal” target=”_blank”>ill-fated bullpen signings</a> back in 2017, and by the time that $27MM contract had run its course, McGee had fallen so far out of favor that Colorado released him before the third season was up. The southpaw posted an unfortunate 5.54 ERA over those two seasons in Colorado with unusually high walk and home run rates.</p>
<p>He’s rejuvenated now, however, having performed well for the Dodgers last season before catching on in San Francisco this year. He owns a 2.72 ERA/3.35 FIP across 62 games totaling 59 2/3 innings with an impressive 31 saves. Since leaving Colorado, his walk and home run rates have returned to normal levels – a 4.2 percent walk rate coming in well below the average mark and a 2.9 percent home run rate being exactly league average. McGee is also striking out a solid 24.3 percent of opponents.</p>
<p>Without McGee, the Giants will turn to <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=rogerty01,rogers003tyl&amp;search=Tyler+Rogers&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Tyler Rogers</a></strong>, <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=watsoto01,watson001ton&amp;search=Tony+Watson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Tony Watson</a></strong>, and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leonedo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Dominic Leone</a></strong> to close games, writes Slusser. Rogers has played the part already this season, notching 12 saves while appearing in a league-leading 71 games for <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kaplega01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gabe Kapler</a></strong>’s club. Leone has been used more as an opener of late, but he’ll be an option from the right side as well. Watson, a trade deadline acquisition this season, can close from the left side, should the match-ups lean that way.</p>
<p>McGee’s roster spot went to <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jay Jackson</a></strong>, who was recalled today from Triple-A. Jackson has spent a decent chunk of time on the active roster and begun to earn Kapler’s trust at times. The 33-year-old has pitched in 22 games for a 3.95 ERA across 20 2/3 innings. Given that Jackson had totaled just 34 2/3 innings in the Majors prior to this season, he’s been a pleasant surprise in limited action for the Giants.</p>
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Gabe Kapler
Jake McGee
Jay Jackson
San Francisco Giants
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MLB To Require COVID Vaccinations For Non-Player Team Personnel To Gain Access To Field In Postseason https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/09/mlb-to-require-covid-vaccinations-for-non-player-team-personnel-to-gain-access-to-field-in-postseason.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2020/09/rob-manfred-mlb-commissioner-1024×651.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Major League Baseball will require non-player team personnel, including managers and coaching staff members, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to gain access to the field and other restricted areas this postseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (<a href=”https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1439007170075430913″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Twitter</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1439007360345907205″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>links</a>). Currently unvaccinated staff members must receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine by October 4 — with an appointment for their second dose scheduled — in order to have field access, per Rosenthal.</p><p>Certain teams — the Nationals, Astros and Cubs reportedly among them — have already mandated vaccinations for full-time employees. (<a href=”https://twitter.com/dougherty_jesse/status/1438901637364527111″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post</a> reported this morning that two former Nationals’ staffers are filing a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission after being fired for failure to comply with the organization’s vaccination mandate). This is the first instance of a league-imposed vaccine requirement for team personnel to gain field access. MLB has previously relaxed health and safety protocols for teams that had vaccinated at least 85% of Tier 1 personnel over the course of the season in an effort to <em>encourage</em>&nbsp;widespread vaccination.</p>
<p>The league’s vaccination mandate does not directly impact players. Any potential player vaccination mandate, either on the part of MLB or specific teams, would need to be agreed upon with the MLB Players Association, perhaps as part of talks regarding the upcoming collective bargaining agreement.</p>
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Sat, 18 Sep 2021 01:09:59 +0000 Anthony Franco
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Angels Select Jhonathan Diaz, Reinstate Jose Marte https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/09/angels-select-jhonathan-diaz-reinstate-jose-marte.html
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<p class=”entry-meta”>By <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/author/tylerzencka” title=”Posts by TC Zencka” class=”entry-author-link url fn” rel=”author”><span itemprop=”name” class=”entry-author-link entry-author-name”>TC Zencka</span></a> | <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T19:24:41+00:00″>September 17, 2021</time> at <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-09-17T19:24:41+00:00″>7:24pm CDT</time> </p></div><div itemprop=”text” readability=”48.918591859186″><p>The Angels have selected the contract of southpaw <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=diaz–002jho&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jhonathan Diaz</a></strong> and added him to the active roster to start tonight’s ballgame, the team <a href=”https://twitter.com/LAAngelsPR/status/1439018112267931649″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>announced</a>. Diaz, 25, will be making his Major League debut.</p>
<p>The Angels also reinstated righty <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martejo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Jose Marte</a></strong> from the injured list. Marte, 25, made just one appearance this season, and in fact, for his career thus far, tossing two scoreless innings against Cleveland on August 20. He was originally signed by the Giants and sent to the Angels this season as part of the <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=watsoto01,watson001ton&amp;search=Tony+Watson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Tony Watson</a></strong> deal.</p>
<p>In terms of departures, veteran <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guerrju02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Junior Guerra</a></strong> was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pegueel01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Elvis Peguero</a></strong> was returned to Triple-A. Guerra has soaked up his share of innings for the halos this season, though he’s struggled to the tune of a 6.06 ERA/4.74 FIP over those 65 1/3 innings. Peguero made just three appearances with the club totaling 2 1/3 innings.</p>
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Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:24:41 +0000 TC Zencka
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Jhonathan Diaz
Jose Marte
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