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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
It's been a couple seasons, but the New York Mets are buyers again at the trade deadline. The team proved as much Monday, trading for Oakland Athletics reliever Tyler Clippard.
The Mets have acquired RHP Tyler Clippard and cash considerations from Oakland in exchange for minor league RHP Casey Meisner.
On the surface, the Mets' bullpen was actually performing pretty well. The team's relievers combined to post a 2.89 ERA, which ranks sixth in the league. The club's 3.40 FIP was also solid.
But given Clippard's track record, picking him up is, at the very least, a modest upgrade. Clippard's peripherals have declined a bit this season, but he's still been effective. His strikeout rate has dropped to 22.8 percent, while his walk rate has jumped to 12.6 percent. Those figures are alarming considered where Clippard has been in previous seasons, but he's still managed a 2.79 ERA and 3.89 FIP.Tue, Jul 287:10 PM EDTSan Diego at NY MetsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It's fair to say things haven't gone as planned for the Red Sox this season. After bringing in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency, and picking up Rick Porcello in a trade, Boston was expected to make some noise in the American League East.
That hasn't happened. Ramirez hit well early, but his numbers have fallen off recently, while Porcello and Sandoval haven't lived up to expectations. With the club sitting at 44-55, the offseason plan is starting to look like a huge failure.
The team pretty much acknowledged that fact Monday, sending outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels.
#RedSox today traded OF Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for INF Josh Rutledge.
Technically, the move doesn't do much for Boston. Victorino was in the final year of his contract, and was hitting just .245/.324/.298 over 106 plate appearances. He wasn't really helping the club, so it's tough to really look at this deal as the Red Sox waving the white flag.LiveChi White Sox10 - 8BostonFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Welcome to MLB trade deadline week. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors. Some of the big names who could change teams before then include Cole Hamels, Justin Upton, David Price, Jonathan Papelbon, Yoenis Cespedes and James Shields. Never count out surprises either.
Follow the Twitter tracker below for every bit of news and gossip from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. Heck, you might as well keep this open post open in a tab until the trade deadline passes.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Social media has allowed fans and analysts to basically stalk athletes 24/7. It's so easy to interact with players, find out where they are eating or know when they are going out to see a movie.
The constant monitoring means that any move a player makes while on social media will be tracked meticulously. Detroit Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is the latest example of that phenomenon.
Rajai Davis just followed a ton of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter. https://t.co/iIAAZqdBnR
What does it all mean?
Given that we're so close to the trade deadline, it's widely assumed that there are two possibilities here: Either Davis is being traded to the Cardinals, or he's become a master troll.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Hitting a home run is no easy task. It takes incredible hand-eye coordination to even put a bat on a ball, so making contact on the sweet spot and driving a ball out of the park is incredibly impressive. What comes next is supposed to be easy.
Well, that wasn't the case Sunday for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. With the team trailing by one run in the ninth inning, Elier Leyva stepped to the plate looking to play the hero. For a brief moment, he did just that.
Leyva blasted what appeared to be the go-ahead home run. The two-run shot would have given his club a one run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. We say would have because Leyva made a terribly embarrassing mistake after hitting the blast.
Delmarva's Elier Leyva won the game w a 9th inn HR, but didn't touch home. Jackets won in extras. Highlights tonight. pic.twitter.com/Q9l5xAme7h
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Last December, when Taylor Swift announced a concert at Houston's Minute Maid Park for her current tour, the Houston Astros put their own asterisk on it, writing, "Note: the date of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour show at MMP is subject to change if it conflicts with an Astros postseason home game."
The Astros were widely mocked for this disclaimer. After all, they had lost 92 games that year and 100+ in each of the three previous years. Postseason baseball in Houston? LOLOLOL. Well, guess who's laughing now?Tue, Jul 288:10 PM EDTLA Angels at HoustonPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson entered his start Sunday with 219 career big-league wins. All that winning has brought Hudson to four All-Star games and a World Series ring last season, but there was still one team out there he had yet to vanquish: the Oakland Atlhetics, the franchise he was drafted by back in 1997.
That changed Sunday as the Giants topped the A's 4-3 with Hudson earning the win to become the 15th pitcher to beat all 30 major league teams. He joins a group that includes Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, as well as Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett and Dan Haren.
Hudson wasn't lights-out, going five innings and giving up three runs, but it was enough to get the job done and add another quirky accomplishment next to a number of more significant feats he's achieved during his 17-year career.LiveMilwaukee0 - 0San FranciscoFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
It's been a bit of a rough season for Boston Red Sox's designated hitter David Ortiz thus far. If Sunday was any indication, though, he still has something left in the tank. Ortiz was fantastic during Boston's 11-1 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers.
Ortiz came into the contest hitting just .235/.325/.444 over 372 plate appearances. While his home run total of 17 was still a decent pace, it's clear Ortiz hasn't been playing up to his usual standard. Add in the fact that he's 39, and his sluggish start becomes much more worrisome.
Well, it was only one game, but Ortiz may have put some of those issues aside Sunday. Big Papi went 4 for 5, with three runs scored and seven RBI during the contest. Most of those numbers came on two three-run home runs.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez has developed quite the reputation from both his time in the game, and since he's been out of the game. Martinez lived up to that reputation during Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions.
Not surprisingly, Martinez stole the show during the ceremony. He gave an excellent speech, which our Jeff Passan touched on here. Martinez was smart, serious and funny throughout as he spoke for nearly 25 minutes. He touched on his playing career, and told some jokes, but kept coming back to how much the Dominican Republic meant to him. That led to a very touching moment where he and Juan Marichal held up the Dominic Republic flag in front of the fans.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
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The New York Mets' offense has been the club's main weakness this season. The pitching staff, while young, has come together and performed well. The offense, on the other hand, could use some help.
The team addressed some of those needs this weekend. Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson were brought in via trades, and prospect Michael Conforto was called up from the minors.
If you thought those moves were surprising, just look at who the Mets were considering bringing in next.
Terry Collins says there's a raccoon loose in the clubhouse weight room. #mets
Was the team planning to use a weight lifting raccoon in the field next? If so, they won't say. No one denies how effective the raccoon would be at the plate, though. Its small stature would certainly lead to a lot of walks, and we already know it has power based on the weight lifting.