The Phillies may have lost a trade partner — at least, in the immediate future — when the Mets shipped left-handed-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki writes. The Phils and Halos had been discussing a deal involving Philly outfielder Ben Revere deal for some time, per Zolecki, but couldn’t agree upon compensation. While it’s certainly plausible to imagine a swap being revisited between those clubs, Philadelphia appears motivated to deal Revere in the near term, in advance of a coming roster logjam in the outfield. Of course, it is also understandable that Philadelphia would not want to accept a less-than-fair return for the outfielder, who has two years of arbitration control remaining. But it’s not clear that the speedy but power-challenged Revere will command much in trade, particularly since he’s already playing on a $4.1MM arb salary this year.
Nick Markakis’ ground-rule double capped a two-run eighth inning against an erratic Adam Liberatore as the Braves capitalized on an Alex Wood gem for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Cubs have three rookies in the lineup — Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler — and Theo Epstein likes how the kids are doing so far.
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is expected to miss the next three-to-four months while recovering from a severe right quadriceps strain that he suffered running the bases on Tuesday. That timeframe leaves open the possibility that Adams won’t play again this season.
Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer each said the same thing after finishing a sweep of the Phillies: “Hitting is contagious.” They proved that in Wednesday’s series finale, a 7-0 Mets win.
Dustin Pedroia took zero satisfaction in the fact that his two homers on Wednesday gave him seven for the season, equaling his total from 2014.
Adam LaRoches followed Jose Abreu’s 10th-inning triple with an RBI single as the White Sox tallied a pair in the extra frame to nail down a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth.
Chris Johnson will be activated from the disabled list before Wednesday night’s series finale against the Dodgers. Now Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will need to determine how to best utilize Johnson and his other right-handed third baseman — the newly acquired Juan Uribe.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Alex Rios, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha, will be re-evaluated on Thursday and could rejoin the team on Friday in Chicago for the series opener against the Cubs.
The Astros will have a record total of nearly $17.3 million to sign their picks in the first 10 rounds of the Draft, part of an all-time high of almost $223 million for all 30 teams. The Draft will take place June 8-10.