It’s a staple of the non-waiver trade deadline talk, like the last-minute mystery team, and phony Twitter accounts. [ed. note - “Aren’t mystery teams more of a Winter Meetings/free agency type of thing?”] [Author’s Note - “Stop it, just go with it.”] At some point in time over the next few weeks, general managers around the league will all talk about getting some injured players back as being as good as a trade. For Washington, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover could provide a boost to the bullpen that would be the same as acquiring new relievers before the July 31st trade deadline. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, in a Sirius/XM interview this week, said the two could be, “back at some time in
Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez has solid surface numbers, but he’s not likely to keep it up. Let’s continue looking at hitter’s counts by focusing on the pitchers who struggle in limiting then. Here are the details on how pitches per plate appearance and hitter’s counts are at all-time highs and how that relates to the generally poor pitching in 2017.
Baseball's trade deadline is just around the corner, leaving front offices around the league just days to give an honest assessment of their team's chances of making the playoffs and, for some, a championship run. A few teams already have made their choice. The Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox, mortgaging their future for a chance to become the first back-to-back World Series winners since 2000. Shortly after, the New York Yankees pulled off a seven-player trade with the White Sox, picking up former all-star third baseman Todd Frazier, former all-star closer David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle for prospects — three players coveted by their division