Acquisitions and Rumors:
- A’s sign Chris Carter to minor-league contract
- The Pirates are 10-2 over their last 12. Might they be a landing spot for Jed Lowrie?
- Regarding Sonny Gray, an anonymous NL GM expects Oakland to “have a hard time getting what they want, expect or had in their head a year and a half ago. I think the world has changed a lot in that year and a half."
- A note on why the Yankees may have lost interest in Sean Doolittle.
- And one more...
#Astros working hard to add pitching, both in rotation and bullpen, sources say; Sonny Gray remains among their targets. @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2017
- If it was Sonny’s final appearance at the Coliseum, it was a brilliant one.
- Steven Souza blamed Rickey Henderson field for his latest injury.
- With rumors of juiced baseballs abound, Travis Sawchik wonders if the MLB could create a better process.
Best of Twitter:
- Some welcome faces are in line to return soon...
Chad Pinder played 8 innings of SS today as well.— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) July 20, 2017
- More solid Sonny stats...
Sonny Gray has allowed .616 OPS over 9 starts since June 1. His ERA is 3.02 ERA during that span. His trade value continues to rise. @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2017
- And a couple roster moves ahead of Friday’s game...
#Athletics option RHP Michael Brady and RHP Zach Neal to Nashville— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 20, 2017