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Old 12-06-2018, 04:37 PM   #209
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TRADE RUMORS: CENTRAL DIVISIONS UPDATE
Missouri squads ponder infield, bullpen decisions
07/15/2019

By MLB.com Staff

There have been a few trades that have gone down, with the Trevor Rosenthal trade from Kansas City to the Dodgers still the highest-profile deal to date. However, Mike Zunino to Washington on Thursday was a big surprise, as well as a late-night deal between the White Sox and Rays, with Chaz Roe going from Tampa to the the South Side, presumably to serve as the team's closer. With the first half in the books, expect the wheelin'-and-dealin' to begin for real once the All-Star Game is over. Here are the latest trade rumors and observations from MLB's Central divisions:

A CARDINAL CONCERN: With Matt Carpenter missing the rest of the regular season with a reaggravation of his elbow injury, the Cardinals are suddenly in the market for an infielder. It's still early in the month, but they've put out feelers to to Miami (Starlin Castro), Detroit (Nick Castellanos), and Seattle (Kyle Seager). Seager still has multiple years remaining on his contract, and it's unclear if Jerry Dipoto would be willing to deal one of his cornerstone players while he's still in his prime years. The most intriguing of the three is Castellanos, who hasn't played third base since 2017, but could easily re-make the transition if needed with his athleticism. It's also possible they move Paul DeJong from short to third, and look to acquire a shortstop, such as Freddy Galvis in Atlanta, or Colorado's Trevor Story, who has fallen out of favor in Denver. Both are huge upgrades defensively over DeJong, who fits better as a third baseman. --Evan Jones

RED-HOT ROYALS IN RACE: With an 11-2 start to July, Kansas City quickly went from on-the-fringe to legit contender. They sit just 2.5 games out of the wildcard; and more importantly, just 3.5 games behind the White Sox for the AL Central lead with a remarkably young roster. People may scoff at winning the AL Central as some sort of impressive feat, but the winner of the division will avoid playing at Boston or New York in the wildcard matchup, which is worth its weight in gold. Since the Royals have moved into contention, the talk around Danny Duffy being moved has ceased; and has transitioned to what they will do at the deadline to supplement the roster for the stretch run. The bullpen has improved since a terrible April, but they're still middle-of-the-pack in the AL, and near the bottom-third of bullpen units in baseball. Travis Greenleaf has been criticized for moving Trevor Rosenthal too early in the wake of this winning streak, but Rosie wasn't super-effective in his time with Kansas City anyway, sporting a 4.03 ERA with four blown saves in thirteen tries, and they got a pretty sweet return for him. The Royals get the Yankees (home) and White Sox (road) right out of the second-half gate; don't be shocked if there are one, possibly two new players in Royal blue by Friday to be ready in time for those two squads. --Jason Frampton

G.M. WILLIAMS HAS REDS FANS SEEING RED: Reds general manager Dick Williams is going through an all-time awful season, but much to the chagrin of Reds fans, he's been reluctant to make certain players available for dealing. Scott Schebler was expendable, as they have other left-handed bats in the lineup and he's probably not going to get much better at twenty-nine, but teams have blown up his phone lines regarding Luis Castillo, Zack Godley, and Jesse Winker (as he sits on the disabled list). The one player that could truly bring back a huge haul would be Joey Votto, but he's given zero indication that he'll waive his 10/5 rights. The cost of an acquiring team to get him would be astronomical, as he's still owed $100M after this season through 2023. With Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Smoak, and Justin Bour on the market, there are at least equal and cheaper options at first base for contending teams. --David LoPietro

ON THE FENCE IN THE STEEL CITY: With a four-game stretch at home against the Cubs to begin the second half, Pittsburgh could be in or out of the race by the end of that series. Pittsburgh has some solid pieces that could help a club, such as Keone Kela, Tony Sipp, and Felipe Vazquez, although the latter has a contract through 2023 (albeit, rather cheap). Corey Dickerson, Josh Harrison, and Adrian Beltre are also possibilities should the Pirates fall out of contention. That said, there isn't any indication from Neal Huntington that they plan to bow out of the race just yet. They've shown interest in starting pitching targets with Joe Musgrove out for the season, and could look to add to an already-strong pen in need of another right-handed arm. Pittsburgh has reportedly been interested in a pair of players for the outfield in Detroit's Nick Castellanos and Seattle's Mitch Haniger. --David LoPietro

TWINS STARING AT REBUILD: The names most closely associated with the Twins have been Michael Pineda and first baseman Justin Bour, but now with Paul Goldschmidt on the market, Bour will get pushed down the pecking order; and may go down further if Joey Votto enters the market, which is still highly unlikely. Closer Addison Reed has had eight straight scoreless outings, covering nine innings with a 15/1 K/BB ratio with a pair of saves. He has emerged as a bullpen target for a number of teams, including all three contenders in the AL Central in Chicago, Cleveland, and Kansas City. He's likely still a backup option for these teams, but as bigger names go off the board, look for Reed to become a hot-ticket item. Other acquisition possibilities out of the Twins' pen are veteran righties Sam Dyson and Trevor May. --Evan Jones

BREW CREW BEGINS TO TURN TO 2020: At 7.5 games back entering the break; and coming off a sweep at the hands of the Cubs, the Brewers seem to have begun the process of evaluating possible trade assets, according to the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal. They have a number of potential targets, with closer Corey Knebel at the top of the list along with right-handed starter Jimmy Nelson and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Milwaukee has also explored trading Ryan Braun, but he has a full no-trade clause, and he's still owed roughly $23M through next season before a potential team option would kick in for 2021. An underrated name to watch for -- right-hander Jacob Barnes. Barnes led the league in appearances last season with a whopping ninety-eight (81 1/3 IP), and allowing just ten homeruns while striking out ninety-six. He hasn't been as dominant against RHB as he was in 2018, but he's still sporting a .220 BAA in his career when it comes to right-handed hitters. If Knebel would cost too much to pry away, Barnes is a bit older and doesn't have quite the pure stuff that he does, but has comparable numbers over the last few years. --Jason Frampton
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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 8TH-14TH
Skaggs set to make first appearance on mound since September of 2018

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07/15/2019


07/10/2019: ROYALS SIGN TWO MORE INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS

With the signings of Gerard Nicoletti and Leon Salinas, the Royals are now up to four international signings, and have been linked to several more. Nicoletti is a native of Italy, but was born in Venezuela to Italian parents and holds citizenship in both countries. The 16-year-old right-handed pitcher is already a pretty sturdy 170 pounds, and has a heater that sits in the high 80's, occasionally hitting 90 to 91.

Salinas is a light-hitting outfielder that profiles out to play centerfield throughout. He's already six-foot-one and 170 pounds, but needs to work on his swing that is a bit loopy and doesn't produce a ton of bat speed. Both were signed for $900K each.

07/11/2019: IGLESIAS TRADED TO TEXAS

On Thursday, the Royals shipped reserve infielder Jose Iglesias to the Rangers for minor-league pitcher Joe Palumbo. Iglesias was originally signed to serve as a starter this season, but ended up relegated to a reserve role when the team called second baseman Nicky Lopez up, shifting Adalberto Mondesi to shortstop.

Palumbo, now in his age-24 season, has spent some time in the majors, even as recently as this season. He allowed one earned run in one inning on April 13th at Houston, allowing two hits while walking two with no strikeouts. Since being drafted in the 30th round out of St. John the Baptist HS in West Islip, NY, he's amassed a 2.71 ERA in 258 minor-league innings.

He was added to the 40-man roster in place of Iglesias, and should expect to get an audition for next year's team in September. His arsenal includes a low-90's fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. His changeup is considered average by league standards, but his other two pitches are of well-above-average quality, especially his curveball.

07/14/2019: SKAGGS TO BEGIN REHAB ASSIGNMENT WITH DOUBLE-A

Tonight will be the first chance that Royals fans can get a look at Tyler Skaggs, whom the Royals acquired in a trade from the Angels for Burch Smith over the offseason in February. Skaggs suffered a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in September of last season, and was expected to miss a year or more.

However, he received a better prognosis in a mid-May checkup than team officials had hoped, and his timeline for return was moved up to the All-Star break instead of late September. He's expected to make a handful of starts in Double-A before being moved up to Triple-A, and the Royals are hopeful he can get some MLB innings out of the pen in September.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WINS MID-SUMMER CLASSIC
Cleveland's Alonso named MVP
07/17/2019

By Jason Frampton

Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning, which was the only homerun in the ballgame as the American League came away with a 4-1 victory at Progressive Field.

For his efforts, he was named as the game's MVP in front of the home fans, who gave him a nice ovation for each of his two at-bats, and a standing ovation when he received the MVP.

The two-time All-Star was "humbled" by the honor, and said there might have been more deserving players, but that he enjoyed winning it in front of his home fans.

"There are a lot of players in this game I consider to be much better than me," he told Fox Sports' Frank Thomas after the game. "I'm incredibly humbled to win this award, especially here at home in Cleveland for the fans."
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RED SOX, ROCKIES MAKE MOVES
Chirinos on pace for career-high in homeruns
07/18/2019

By MLB.com Staff

Since the All-Star Game ended, the Red Sox have been busy. General Manager Bret Barberie has swung a pair of trades in the last two days, nabbing catcher Robinson Chirinos from inter-division rival Baltimore, and acquiring right-handed reliever Carter Capps from San Diego. Neither one cost too much, as he dealt minor-league outfielder Cole Brannen and rookie-ball third baseman Brandon Howlett to grab each player, respectively.

Chirinos, 35, is on his way to his second straight 20-HR season it seems, as he has thirteen at the break. Boston has better defensive catching options in the minors, but offensive production has been lacking at the position between Oscar Hernandez and Tyler Flowers. Boston optioned Hernandez to make room for Chirinos on the active roster.

On the surface, Capps' numbers are not terribly impressive (2-3, 4.00, 1.56 WHIP), but his FIP is 3.35, and strikes out better than a batter per inning despite a moderately high walk rate. The Red Sox have bolstered their pen since the offseason via trades, getting closer Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger from Arizona, Tyler Lyons from Philadelphia, and now Capps.

Colorado also made their first move of the year, getting lefty Ryan Buchter from Oakland. The tall southpaw has been tough on LHB in 2019, holding them to a .216 BAA (11-for-51), with just two extra-base hits. Buchter was acquired along with a PTBNL for right-handed pitchers Ben Schneiderjans and Justin Calomeni, along with outfielder Dayon Olmo.
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ROYALS AT THE HALFWAY POINT
Rookies helping lead the way for playoff-contending club

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07/18/2019


On June 27th, the Royals were seven games back in the divisional and wildcard races, and would have to leapfrog a half-dozen teams just to get to the Indians for the second wildcard spot. Then something changed in July.

In a series beginning in late June, the Royals split a four-game series with Tampa Bay that ended on July 1st. Then they outscored Pittsburgh 19-5 in a two-game road sweep. They split a home series with Oakland before sweeping both Toronto and Seattle on the road.

The 11-2 start in July propelled the Royals ahead of all four of Tampa, Oakland, Texas, and Toronto in the wildcard race, leaving them in striking distance of both the divisional and wildcard races.

"Something just really changed with this bunch," said manager Ned Yost, who was an assistant coach on the AL's All-Star squad this year. "It's like the light clicked on, and they have realized how good they can be."

Kansas City is now just 3.5 games back of Chicago in the Central, and just 2.5 back of Cleveland for the second wildcard. There's been plenty of veteran leadership, with the usual suspects in Danny Duffy, Jake JuSalvador Perez, and Alex Gordon playing significant roles.

That said, the Royals' run has largely been on the backs of rookies and second-year players. Despite being well-known to Royals fans since being signed as an international free agent in 2009 when he was seventeen, Cheslor Cuthbert has came out of nowhere to post an amazing first half on his way to being named to his first All-Star team. Trevor Oaks is 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA and two first-half complete-game shutouts.

They also have four rookies playing prominent roles -- southpaw Richard Lovelady has had an up-and-down year, but he's still averaging nearly a strikeout per inning out of the pen. Nicky Lopez didn't join the squad until about three weeks into the season, but has posted a remarkable .346/.432/.444 line in 296 plate appearances with nine doubles, five triples, and ten steals.

In addition, first basemen Peter Alonso and Ryan O'Hearn have combined for twenty homeruns and eighty-one RBI, with a .276 BA and twenty-six doubles and five triples.

It's not quite the same group that went to back-to-back World Series. Duffy, Perez, and Gordon are still around, but Alonso originally came up in the Mets' organization along with fellow teammate Drew Smith, and there are some new standouts around with Oaks, Jake Junis, and Adalberto Mondesi, who made his MLB debut as a pinch-hitter in the 2015 Fall Classic at nineteen.

"There are some similarities in that group and this group," said GM Travis Greenleaf, who began his Royals tenure as a statistical analyst in 2013. "However, we have rookies and really young guys playing primary roles, not secondary roles. It wasn't like that in the World Series years, as guys were three, four, five years in. These players are still wet behind the ears."

With that said, some questions still remain. With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the Royals have shifted from being a likely seller to a buyer. It's difficult to tell who the Royals might be interested in since Greenleaf is pretty tight-lipped, but it's clear that they need help in the bullpen despite the improved performance since the end of April. Blake Treinen has converted 8-of-14 save opportunities, and is clear that Lovelady isn't ready for a prominent role in the bullpen -- yet.

Also, how long can this young group keep up the production? Lopez is on pace to smash the Royals' rookie BA record, and Trevor Oaks has already set a career-high in innings pitched at any level. Even if these guys (and others) fade down the stretch and fail to make the playoffs, it's fair to say that the rebuild might not be behind or on schedule, but ahead of schedule.


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MLB'S FIVE SECOND-HALF THINGS TO WATCH
Central race in AL is most compelling
07/19/2019

By Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com

The AL Central is the only interesting divisional race. Kansas City's July surge has made this the division race to watch around the league, while the rest of baseball will be looking at the wildcards throughout the final weeks of the season. Remember, the AL Central might be the weakest division in baseball, but the winner gets to avoid playing at Boston or New York in October in the Wildcard matchup.

How will the Yankees respond to Boston's moves? Brian Cashman appears to be taking his time, but Boston has improved their team with a pair of trades to bring some catching and bullpen depth into the fold. New York has few holes, but they really need left-handed pitching. Last year, they went and got J.A. Happ, who was phenomenal for them down the stretch. If the Rangers can't keep up in the race by the deadline, do they go back to that well?

Can Andrew Benintendi reach .400? Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi is in all likelihood going to be the AL MVP when all is said and done, but the bigger story is that he's hitting .386 this late into the season. George Brett in 1980 is the last player to fly this close to .400, eventually winning the batting title with a .390 average that year.

Is the National League essentially decided? In the East, the Mets hold a commanding lead over the Nationals. The Cubs and Cardinals are separated by one game, but both are playoff locks. The West is in between the other two, with 6.5 games between Rockies and the Dodgers. The only teams that have a real shot at catching the Dodgers are the Nationals and Braves, who are 4.5 and 5.5 games behind, respectively. Right out of the second-half gate, the Dodgers and Nats play a key series in the nation's capital, so it's a prime opportunity for Washington (and Atlanta) to make up some ground.

How bad will it get in Cincinnati? The Reds began to play better in the final weeks of the first half, but they're still headed toward 115+ defeats at the least, and they've only made one trade, and that was in June. Unfortunately, their two biggest contracts in Homer Bailey and Joey Votto are unlikely to be moved, and they don't have many marketable players. The ones they DO have, though, are younger and should be considered building blocks for the next wave of young players (Jesse Winker, Luis Castillo). Even with the horrible season, both GM Dick Williams' and Sandy Alomar's jobs seem safe.
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NEW YORK YANKEES (63-35) @ KANSAS CITY ROYALS (48-50)



PITCHING MATCHUPS

07/19: RHP Luis Cessa (8-4, 3.51) vs RHP Luis Severino (5-6, 4.53)
07/20: RHP Drew Smith (2-2, 5.84) vs RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-5, 3.59)
07/21: LHP Danny Duffy (5-5, 3.71) vs LHP Jordan Montgomery (9-5, 5.34)

GAME RECAPS

July 19th, 2019
NY Yankees (64-35) 6, Kansas City (48-51) 3 (Final/11)
Winner: Justin Wilson (5-0) Loser: Drew Muren (1-1) Save: None

EXTRA-INNING DINGER SNAPS ROYALS' STREAK AT SIX

Luis Cessa came to play in his first appearance against his former ballclub, fanning ten Yankees in six and one-third innings before leaving with a 3-2 lead, but an error by Cheslor Cuthbert led to an unearned run to the score at three after seven-and-a-half innings. The score would remain that way until the 11th, when Clint Frazier wrapped a three-run homerun just inside the right-field foul pole with two outs off Drew Muren; and the Royals couldn't respond in the bottom half, eventually falling by a 6-3 decision. Alex Gordon hit his ninth homerun in the fourth, and Billy Hamilton hit an RBI double in the fifth, marking his fourth straight game with a two-bagger. Justin Wilson would pick up the victory in relief, staying perfect on the season with a 5-0 mark. Luis Severino went eight innings, striking out eleven Royals with just one walk and three earned runs allowed.

AMERICAN LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Boston (64-35) 5, Tampa Bay (43-53) 3
NY Mets (62-34) 6, Baltimore (43-54) 5
Philadelphia (46-53) 3, Toronto (43-54) 7
NY Yankees (64-35) 6, Kansas City (48-51) 3 (Final/11)
Colorado (64-35) 1, Texas (45-52) 0
Minnesota (41-56) 2, Chi. Sox (50-46) 1
Cleveland (50-48) 6, Houston (56-42) 7 (Final/10)
Detroit (35-61) 1, Oakland (44-54) 3
Seattle (41-59) 7, LA Angels (44-53) 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Chi. Cubs (61-35) 7, Pittsburgh (49-47) 3 (Final/12, G1)
Chi. Cubs (61-36) 2, Pittsburgh (50-47) 5 (G2)
LA Dodgers (57-43) 2, Washington (52-45) 4 (Final/10)
Atlanta (49-46) 5, Miami (38-59) 7
Arizona (48-49) 2, Cincinnati (26-73) 8
San Diego (44-53) 5, San Francisco (46-51) 4
St. Louis (61-37) 5, Milwaukee (48-49) 0

July 20th, 2019
NY Yankees (65-35) 5, Kansas City (48-52) 4 (Final/10)
Winner: Masahiro Tanaka (13-5) Loser: Josh Fields (5-4) Save: Tommy Kahnle (23)

THE JUDGE DELIVERS HIS VERDICT IN EXTRAS

For the second straight night, the Yankees used a homerun in extra innings to down the Royals; this time, a solo shot in the 10th from Aaron Judge against Josh Fields was the difference in their 5-4 victory. Kansas City battled back from a 4-0 deficit against Masahiro Tanaka, tying the game in the eighth on an RBI triple from Nicky Lopez, and then a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin. Adalberto Mondesi had cut the lead in half in the fifth inning, hitting a two-run homerun off Tanaka. Drew Smith lasted just four innings, allowing four runs before giving way to Nate Karns. Karns pitched three scoreless innings, fanning seven while walking a pair to keep the Royals in a position late to win it. Tommy Kahnle pitched a scoreless tenth to pick up his 23rd save of the season for the Bombers.

AMERICAN LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Boston (65-35) 9, Tampa Bay (43-54) 5
NY Mets (63-34) 6, Baltimore (43-55) 3
Philadelphia (47-53) 7, Toronto (43-55) 3
NY Yankees (65-35) 5, Kansas City (48-52) 4 (Final/10)
Colorado (64-36) 2, Texas (46-52) 5
Minnesota (41-57) 3, Chi. Sox (51-46) 7
Cleveland (50-49) 2, Houston (57-42) 3
Detroit (35-62) 6, Oakland (45-54) 12
Seattle (42-59) 4, LA Angels (44-54) 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Arizona (48-49) @ Cincinnati (26-73) -- PPD
Chi. Cubs (61-37) 0, Pittsburgh (51-47) 1 (Final/10)
LA Dodgers (57-44) 2, Washington (53-45) 3
Atlanta (49-47) 1, Miami (39-59) 10
San Diego (45-53) 7, San Francisco (46-52) 6
St. Louis (61-38) 3, Milwaukee (49-49) 14

July 21st, 2019
NY Yankees (65-36) 3, Kansas City (49-52) 6
Winner: Danny Duffy (6-5) Loser: Sonny Gray (11-6) Save: Blake Treinen (9)

ROYALS SALVAGE FINAL GAME BEHIND DUFFY

With three earned runs in six and two-third innings of work, Danny Duffy led the Royals to a 6-3 victory over the Yankees to salvage the final game of their three-game series with New York. Aside from a three-run homerun from Didi Gregorius in the fifth inning, Duffy was solid in fanning seven Yankee hitters while scattering four hits and three walks. Peter Alonso's first-inning two-run homerun was part of a three-run first inning, as they got off to a fast start against New York hurler Sonny Gray. Adalberto Mondesi was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Ryan O'Hearn and Cheslor Cuthbert each had one RBI apiece. Coupled with losses by both Chicago and Cleveland, the Royals inched closer in both the divisional and wildcard races, sitting just 3.5 games behind the White Sox in the division, and just 1.5 games behind Cleveland for the second wildcard.

AMERICAN LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Boston (66-35) 8, Tampa Bay (43-55) 3
NY Mets (64-34) 10, Baltimore (43-56) 3
Philadelphia (47-54) 3, Toronto (44-55) 10
NY Yankees (65-36) 3, Kansas City (49-52) 6
Colorado (65-36) 9, Texas (46-53) 2
Minnesota (42-57) 20, Chi. Sox (51-47) 9
Cleveland (50-50) 4, Houston (58-42) 6
Detroit (35-63) 0, Oakland (46-54) 2
Seattle (43-59) 3, LA Angels (44-55) 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Arizona (49-49) 6, Cincinnati (26-74) 2 (G1)
Arizona (49-50) 7, Cincinnati (27-74) 8 (G2)
Chi. Cubs (62-37) 7, Pittsburgh (51-48) 2
LA Dodgers (58-44) 16, Washington (53-46) 5
Atlanta (49-48) 4, Miami (40-59) 5
San Diego (45-54) 7, San Francisco (47-52) 5
St. Louis (62-38) 9, Milwaukee (49-50) 5

MAJOR NEWS/INJURIES/TRANSACTIONS
07/15: Dodgers' Bellinger goes wire-to-wire to win 2019 Home Run Derby
07/16: Indians' Alonso wins ASG MVP in front of home fans in 4-1 AL victory
07/17: Red Sox acquire C Robinson Chirinos from Baltimore for minor-league OF Cole Brannen
07/18: A's trade LHP Ryan Buchter and PTBNL to Colorado for three minor leaguers
07/18: Boston trades for RHP Carter Capps, sending minor league 3B Brandon Howlett to San Diego
07/19: Clayton Kershaw to go on the 10-day disabled list (herniated disc), will miss two to three weeks
07/20: Braves OF Ender Inciarte's hitting streak snapped at twenty-four games
07/21: Royals, Brewers connect for blockbuster deal; sending RHP's Corey Knebel and Jimmy Nelson to the Royals for three minor leaguers
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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 15TH-21ST
Royals cut ties with 2011 first-rounder Starling

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07/22/2019


07/15/2019: ROYALS RELEASE FORMER FIRST-ROUNDER STARLING

As MLB.com's Royals writer Jeffrey Flanagan reported on Tuesday, the Royals officially severed ties with former first-round pick Bubba Starling. He began the calendar year on the 40-man roster, so he is still owed roughly half of his league-minimum salary in the move.

Before he was drafted fifth-overall in 2011, he was a coveted football prospect as a quarterback, and had committed to play at Nebraska. But a nearly $6.5M bonus swayed him to pass up college football, and he had an unremarkable baseball career that seems to have come to an end. However, he noted that he plans on trying to catch on with another team this year, and didn't rule out going the "Brandon Weeden" route.

The Royals signed veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera as well, as he took Starling's spot on the Omaha roster. This would be his third stint with the Royals, but his first on a minor-league deal. The 34-year-old was released by Washington despite a .310 BA, just two days before the Royals snapped him up on Tuesday. He's not expected to play with the Royals barring injuries with the parent club in 2019.

07/16/2019: CUTHBERT GETS SURPRISE START IN ALL-STAR GAME

Boston third baseman Rafael Devers was scratched from the starting lineup, and American League manager Alex Cora tabbed Cheslor Cuthbert to take his spot in the lineup. Cuthbert played the entire game, going 1-for-4 in the American League's 4-1 victory.

Devers would pinch hit for designated hitter Joey Gallo in the seventh, going 0-for-1. Cleveland's Yonder Alonso went 1-for-2, hitting the game's only homerun to win MVP honors. Danny Duffy didn't appear in the game, as he is scheduled to appear in the upcoming series with the Yankees.

07/19/2019: STAUMONT BEGINS REHAB ASSIGNMENT IN WILMINGTON

Mere days after Tyler Skaggs began his rehab work with Double-A with mixed results in his first start, the Royals will also now see Josh Staumont begin to work his way back to full strength. He's missed the last three months with a condition known as radial nerve entrapment, keeping him out the last three months after a dynamite spring training.

He'll begin with High-A Wilmington for a handful of appearances, before wrapping up with work in both Double-A and Triple-A Omaha.

07/21/2019: ROYALS ACQUIRE NELSON, KNEBEL FROM BREWERS

Making a big splash following their 6-3 victory over New York, the Royals sent three minor league players, including their eighth-overall prospect in catcher M.J. Melendez, to Milwaukee for veteran pitchers Jimmy Nelson and Corey Knebel. Nelson made the start for the Brewers on the 21st, allowing six earned runs in five and two-third innings of work.

MLB.com's Royals writer Jeffrey Flanagan reported that outfielder Jackson Lueck and right-handed pitcher Jared Ruxer went along with Melendez in the deal, and that the Red Sox, White Sox, and Dodgers had begun to inquire about acquiring one or both of Nelson and Knebel. Flanagan also reported that Kansas City scouts, along with a half-dozen other team's scouts, had been at Nelson's last two starts.

Knebel has a 3.26 ERA for Milwaukee in 2019, converting on 18-of-20 saves. A more in-depth analysis of the trade will come at a later date.
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