Offense is at a premium this season and Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn’t think it will improve any time soon, writes MLB.com’s Bill Chastain. “The hitter’s at a total disadvantage right now,” Maddon said. “And there’s no advantages on the horizon. I don’t see it. That’s why it’s going to take a lot of creative thinking.
Nelson Cruz was recognized on Sunday as the Most Valuable Oriole, beating out Adam Jones and Zach Britton for the team award.
In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes looks at six teams that badly need some fixing this offseason. The list starts with the Braves, who have been held back in part by B.J. Upton‘s five-year, $75MM deal. The Rangers also need some serious help in the form of two starting pitchers, a right-handed power bat, and possibly a catcher. The Phillies are in the toughest spot of all, Cafardo writes, as they are overloaded with older players on bad contracts. Here are some of the highlights from today’s column..
Given all the time he’s missed, the likelihood that Ryan Zimmerman could come back from his Grade 3 hamstring strain in time to help out the Nationals as they try to secure home-field advantage in the postseason seemed pretty dim. But in a flurry of rehab activity over the last week, Zimmerman made a convincing case for Washington to activate him from the disabled list in time for Saturday’s game at Marlins Park.
Behind the scenes at MLBTR, we’re busy discussing and polishing our Top 50 Free Agents list for the 2015 offseason. While we’ll wait until the appropriate time to officially release the list, it’s not too soon to talk about a few of the players who have done the best to improve their free agent stock. In general, I’m looking at players who weren’t even on the radar when Steve Adams kicked off our 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings series on April 15. Today, we’ll take a look at a pure hitter, a starting pitcher, and an elite reliever. 1. Victor Martinez. I’m sure Martinez’s appearance on this list is of no surprise. When we compiled our initial power rankings post, 25 players were named. Martinez was not one of them. The 35-year-old designated hitter is limited in defensive versatility, but his bat is clearly elite.
As A.J. Preller has gone about the task of evaluating the Padres in his first months as general manger, he has defined one area that is not a problem: He is bullish about the job Bud Black is doing as manager.
After further review, a Tigers middle-infield calamity became a game-changing escape. However, it wasn’t replay, but an umpires’ conference, that ruled Salvador Perez never tagged up for the Royals’ would-be go-ahead run in the sixth inning of their AL Central showdown on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals’ lopsided 10-1 loss to the Tigers in Friday night’s series opener allowed for a few young players to achieve career firsts. Terrance Gore, called up primarily for his baserunning skills, logged his first Major League at-bat, as did outfielder Lane Adams.
After further review, a Tigers middle infield calamity became a game-changing escape. However, it wasn’t replay, but an umpires’ conference that ruled Salvador Perez never tagged up for the Royals’ would-be go-ahead run in the sixth inning of their AL Central showdown on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.