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- The American League Champions will play Game Seven of the World Series at home in 2015, after the A.L. came out on top Tuesday night, beating the N.L. 6-3. The American League's six runs are the league's most since 2005 in the contest. All-time, the N.L. still leads 43-41-2, dating all the way back to 1933. Centerfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels took home the MVP honors for the second consecutive season, this time thanks to his lead-off solo home run off of Dodgers' righty Zack Greinke. Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins each hit solo homers as well in the game. A's catcher Stephen Vogt went 0-1 with a strikeout in his All-Star debut, but also caught two scoreless innings.
- A's season ticket holder Gail Payne has sued Major League Baseball, calling for more protective netting in front of the crowd, writes Kurtis Alexander of SF Gate. I am not one for legal matters, so be sure to check out Alexander's article. Nathaniel Grow of FanGraphs and AthleticsNation's very own Nico both tackled the matter as well, so make sure you give those a look also.
- The Toronto Blue Jays, with an incredibly potent offense and entirely lackluster pitching all around, will surely be in the market for arms at the trade deadline. However, they probably won't be looking for rentals, and definitely won't be dealing young injured starter Marcus Stroman, per Shi Davidi of SportsNet. Davidi writes that while trade partners have repeatedly asked about the 24 year-old righty, the Jays have balked each time. Stroman has not yet pitched in 2015 after tearing his left ACL in Spring Training. The youngster, however, has a very high ceiling and would be a key piece of Toronto's rotation for years to come, so it's not surprising that they aren't keen on moving him. The Blue Jays are reportedly more likely to target a controllable starter like Padres' righties Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross, rather than a rental like Jeff Samardzija or Scott Kazmir.
- Mets' franchise third baseman David Wright is running out of time, writes Mike Puma of The New York Post. Wright still hasn't received clearance to resume baseball activities, having not played since April 14th due to spinal stenosis. Once receiving clearance, Wright would likely need three weeks of rehab, at the very least (and barring any setbacks). Wright and GM Sandy Alderson are both confident he will return in 2015, but it is still questionable, and the Mets are still likely to add a bat some time soon.
- Many Rockies could be on the move very soon, writes Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post in response to a mailbag question. He doesn't think superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be moved, but he does "think it's very possible the Rockies will trade Carlos Gonzalez." He cites the Kansas City Royals as a potential landing spot. He also mentions that he could see outfielder Charlie Blackmon, first baseman Wilin Rosario, and/or reliever John Axford being moved as well. Only time will tell what the intriguing Rockies will choose to do at the deadline. Speaking of those Rockies...
Bernie's Daily Deal: A's acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies
Now, I will be the very first to admit that this idea is absolutely far-fetched. It is absurdly ridiculous...possibly ridiculous enough to be the exact kind of thing the Athletics' outside-of-the-box front office would think up.
Many have stated that the A's could be both buyers and sellers at the deadline, trading free-agents-to-be Ben Zobrist, Scott Kazmir, and Tyler Clippard for major-league-ready pieces with more control. In this scenario, the Athletics DO trade these three players, in exchange for controlled youngsters, including pitching depth. Then, the A's make a call to Colorado.
The Rockies aren't aggressively shopping their star shortstop, but they are reportedly open to trading him. Colorado needs pitching, and the first name they would ask for is ace Sonny Gray. The A's would rightfully say no, and suggest a package centered around another one of their young righties - either Kendall Graveman or Jesse Hahn. Both are groundball-heavy strike-throwers that would likely thrive even in the thin air of Coors Field. Hahn, 25, is currently injured, but is under team control through 2020, and Graveman, 24, is also under team control through 2020. Depending on their returns from the Kazmir/Zobrist/Clippard trade(s), the A's could possibly even afford to give up both.
The Rox would likely be interested in a shortstop to replace Tulo, and Chadwick Pinder could fit the bill. Pinder, 23, has a .810 OPS between High-A and Double-A since the start of 2014, and drew Evan Longoria comparisons as an amateur. Renato Nunez could also be included, as the power hitter could replace Justin Morneau at first base and would likely mash at Coors. Other arms such as Sean Nolin, Raul Alcantara, Daniel Gossett, Dillon Overton, Brett Graves, or others could also be included to satisfy Colorado, who would effectively restock their farm and add to the rotation.
In return, the A's get a fantastic shortstop. When healthy, Tulowitzki is one of the game's best shortstops on both sides of the ball. The 30 year-old right-handed hitter would bump Marcus Semien to second base, improving both the team's offense and its defense greatly. Tulo is owed over $100MM through 2020 (his age 35 season) with a team option for 2021, and while that contract could get ugly at the end, the A's could be in a new stadium (and in a much better financial state) by the end of it. While this is by far my craziest (and possibly dumbest) trade idea so far, it sure is a lot of fun to consider, and will likely spark controversy. So go ahead, and tell me what you think in the comments down below!
That's all for today. Baseball won't resume until Friday, so perhaps spend today watching old highlights, or hanging out with a friend, or taking a big nap. Feel free to dump any links in the comments below. Until tomorrow - lean on, A's fans!