Happy Sunday everyone! Before today's series finale between the Mariners and Angels, let's get through some news for the day...
Jack Zdurencik spoke to The News Tribune's Bob Dutton about his plans for the trade deadline. Among plenty of good quotes from Jack Z and Lloyd McClendon, Zdurencik indicated that he doesn't plan on making any big moves this summer:
"Our thought is the club is pretty much in place," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We need to get them to produce. We'll see what happens. Nobody would ever say no.
"But we brought in (Mark) Trumbo. So now, you look at the lineup, and it's a formidable lineup."
In terms of talent, there don't seem to be any real holes in the lineup right now. It really is just a matter having those hitters produce to the level they have for their entire careers. If the team were to make any big moves I would expect it to be for a starter or outfielder, two places where their minor league depth isn't very strong. I highly doubt they have the type of players required to make a swing for a player like Cole Hamels, and such a move would be pretty foolish given the M's current standings. But if they can find the right kind of deal for a starter with multiple years of club control on his contract, that would make sense for the team.
In other news around baseball...
- Hisashi Iwakuma threw four innings in a rehab outing for Tacoma. He will make at least one more rehab start before joining the big club.
- Justin Ruggiano hit three homers last night in a blowout victory for the Rainiers.
- The Phillies are reportedly hiring Andy MacPhail to replace Pat Gillick in the front office. The Good Phight thinks this is a good move by the organization.
- Ryne Sandberg has resigned as manager of the Phillies.
- Tony Blengino uses hit f/x to find the least authoritative hitters in history.
- The Twins have called up top prospect Alex Meyer.
- The Mets have called up pitcher Steven Matz.
- Chris Mitchell of Fangraphs scouts Matz.
- Giancarlo Stanton broke his hamate bone and will miss 4-6 weeks as a result.
- Bob Costas found himself in hot water for a comment he made about Cubs' reliever Pedro Strop.
- Max Scherzer followed his no-hitter with five perfect innings against the Phillies.
- Sean Conroy, the first openly gay professional baseball player, threw a shutout in a minor league start.