Jul 18, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso (17) catches the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The New York Yankees might soon upgrade not only their pitching rotation, but their lineup as well. A report from Mark Feinsand of MLB.com on Tuesday indicated that the Yankees might be close to adding Oakland Athletics right hander Sonny Gray as well as first baseman Yonder Alonso. “Multiple sources indicated Tuesday that the Yankees were making progress toward a deal with Oakland, which could send not only Gray — who was slated to start for the A’s on Tuesday in Toronto — but also first baseman
For the last two seasons, the Oakland A’s have sported by far baseball’s worst defense. The year before that, in 2015, they led MLB in errors. This has been a team-wide effort, with negative performances all over the field and almost no individuals standing out as meaningfully better than average. It’s been ugly out there. But help has arrived, in the form of third baseman Matt Chapman. His defense has been highly touted since the beginning of his pro career, and entering this year MLB Pipeline gave him the following grades on the 20-to-80 scale: 70 for his fielding, and 75 for his arm. Those were two of the highest grades given to any prospect from any organization in the entire minor leagues,
The trade deadline has a chance to be busy this season, especially because there’s a ho-hum free-agent class ahead, and teams have an even bigger incentive to find their difference-makers. Pat Neshek is attracting a lot of attention from teams that need bullpen help, but expect a number of relievers to move. Chaos will come from the teams that have tough choices to make.