Yulieski Gurriel remains a fascinating piece of the transactional picture as the deadline approaches, and Jon Heyman of todaysknuckleball.com writes that his market is heating up. The Marlins held a workout with the Cuban star, per the report, with the Giants also showing “strong interest” — though they’ve yet to host him for an up-close look. We’ve already heard of San Francisco’s possible involvement, which GM Bobby Evans downplayed in recent comments. Other reports have connected the infielder to the Dodgers, Astros, Mets and Yankees, all of whom have held workouts. Heyman notes also that the Red Sox have taken a look, though he adds that Boston isn’t seen as being a likely destination. The 32-year-old Gurriel is a legend in his home nation, where he has been one of the best players since reaching Serie Nacional as a teenager. And he also showed well in a brief stint in Japan’s NPB two years back. With an advanced bat and polished glove that’s capable of slotting in at third, second, and perhaps the corner outfield, it’s not hard to imagine a fit with many organizations
The Giants ditched the DH and allowed their pitcher to hit Thursday night against the A’s. And the decision paid off quickly, as Madison Bumgarner hit a double in his first plate appearance in the top of the third, sparking a rally in which the Giants scored six runs before an out was recorded.
Powered by an electric 14-strikeout performance from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled off a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, matching a franchise record with 13 wins in a row. Cleveland also won a baker’s dozen in 1951, and in 1942 before that. One more win and this Tribe team will be in uncharted waters.
Hours after ace Clayton Kershaw hit the 15-day disabled list with a balky back, Maeda scattered three hits and surrendered a lone run in six innings of the Dodgers’ decisive 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday.
Ryan Braun was already into the fourth year of an eight-year, $45MM extension with the Brewers when he signed another extension that theoretically made him a Brewer for life. That deal, signed in April 2011, only just began this season — a five-year, $105MM extension covering the 2016-20 seasons that also includes a $15MM mutual option for 2021 (that can be bought out for $4MM). The Brewers reached the NLCS in 2011 on the strength of Braun’s NL MVP numbers, though it’s been a rougher ride for both player and team ever since. Braun’s MVP was called into question after he tested positive for PEDs following the season, though that positive test was overturned in very controversial fashion. The outfielder then did face suspension for his part in the Biogenesis PED scandal, accepting a 65-game ban that prematurely cut short his 2013 season
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had made some strides over the past two days in the push to start the 2016 All-Star Game. Then he improved his already strong case with his performance Wednesday in the Nationals’ 4-2 victory over the Mets.
Entering the final day of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, several positional leaders have seen their leads either disappear or shrink in the last few days.
There was no news on Clayton Kershaw’s back injury before Wednesday night’s game with the Brewers, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had plenty of other updates.
The Astros worked out Cuban free-agent infielder Yulieski Gurriel on Wednesday in Florida, a source told MLB.com. Gurriel posted a picture Wednesday on his Instagram page wearing a new Astros hat at the workout, where general manager Jeff Luhnow was in attendance.