Yesterday it was reported that Yasiel Puig was claimed on waivers. ESPN’s Jim Bowden has reported that the team that claimed Puig did so in order to block another team from claiming and then trading for Puig, which happens fairly often in these scenarios. Puig continues to rake for Oklahoma City.
Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Athletics and Indians are making progress on a trade that would send outfielder Coco Crisp to Cleveland. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports confirms Adams’ report. Crisp, who has 10-and-5 rights, has waived them in order to facilitate a deal. Crisp, 36, is owed the remainder of his $11 million salary for the 2016 season and has a $13 million option for the 2017 season that vests if he reaches 550 plate appearances or plays in 130 games this season. He has already played in 102 games and logged 434 PA, batting .234/.299/.399 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. The Indians are still looking to bolster the outfield. Michael Brantley is expected to miss the rest
Red Sox manager John Farrell said today that “nothing but positives could come” from a September promotion for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada. This doesn’t mean he’s a sure thing — Dave Dombrowski has seemed bearish on a September callup in the past — but it sure would be exciting to see one of baseball’s best prospects in the heat of a pennant race. Moncada is batting .298/.411/.518 with 15 home runs and 45 steals in 105 games this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He’d certainly have some adjustments to make if he skipped Triple-A to hit the bigs, but like Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Brock Holt are tearing up the pea patch. Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson made such a leap recently.