Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Major League Baseball is fully back in action once more. The New York Mets, who sat out four games from Thursday through Sunday after a player and coach tested positive for coronavirus, are set to resume play on Tuesday, per a league announcement.
The postponed games were supposed to include one against the Marlins, and three against the Yankees. Now the Mets will play a doubleheader against Miami on Tuesday, single games against them Wed and Thu, and then five games in three days against the Yankees (including doubleheaders Fri and Sun).
Fortunately, the club had no new positive tests come up since the original two last week, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. With the Mets back on the field, all 30 teams are once again active.
Today is August 25, which means the trade deadline is just six days away. To see a collection of rumors and musings posts from Monday, scroll down to the MLB News & Interest section.
We’ll talk about plenty of trade ideas over this next week, or perhaps reasons why the A’s shouldn’t make certain deals, but for now those links should get you started in terms of figuring out who are buyers (most teams), who are sellers (almost nobody), and what players might actually be realistically available.
It’s getting late and I’m nodding off at my desk trying to finish this after yelling about umpire Lance Barrett all night, but I still need about 20 more words to hit the required minimum for Google. Screw Flanders.
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MLB News & Interest
- Passan: Jeff Passan’s MLB trade deadline preview: Will any stars actually move? Which teams are sellers?
- Rosenthal: 5 clubs that might surprise at the trade deadline; more news and notes ($$$)
- MLB: 30 teams, 30 bold Deadline predictions
- MLB Pipeline: These prospects could draw trade interest
- Castrovince: 5 blockbuster proposals for the Deadline
- Bollinger: Pujols passes A-Rod on all-time RBI list
- Gilbert: Torey tossed after Kole’s ... header?
- Clair: The entirely not serious midseason awards
- Delucchi: The Tangible Consequences of a Shortened MLB Draft ($)
- Today in Baseball History
Yesterday’s Game Highlights
Monday: Loss! The save goes to home plate umpire Lance Barrett, who called this strike zone in the 9th inning.
Best of Twitter
Blackley still got our back
How many pitches did Montero actually throw in the strike zone? I’m actually pissed off! Knowing some of the bullshit umpiring I’ve put up with in my career to see this bloke get that many balls called strikes in his 1 1/3 inn. It doesn’t make sense! Bring on the robot zone!— Travis Blackley (@Travis_Blackley) August 25, 2020
Julian on point as usual
Was surfing around and came across A's Robbie Grossman. Who has an, uh, 1.006 OPS? Here's what the eye test tells me about his approach in 2020. pic.twitter.com/V1lS6cAYPF— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) August 25, 2020
Taveras played in the series opener against the A’s on Monday
#Rangers have called up CF Leody Taveras and activated C Robinson Chirinos. Jesse Chavez to DL (sprained toe). Rob Refsnyder DFA'd.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) August 24, 2020
Don’t mess with Brett
A hilariously weird thing you may have missed tonight ... pic.twitter.com/x6Qzwo1sXF— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) August 25, 2020
“AFTER BEING REVIVED”