Happy Trade Deadline Day! Let’s get to the latest from around baseball today.
In Mariners news...
- Daivd Laurila of Fangraphs sat down with M’s Director of Player Development Andy McKay for an extensive conversation.
- Noelvi Marte launches his first bomb at the Alternate Site.
Noelvi Marte has left the building pic.twitter.com/bqsQwF3rBF— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) July 30, 2020
- And some more highlights from the Alternate Site.
- Kyle Lewis has ridden his hot streak to the top of the Baseball America Rookie of the Year watch list. Tim Lopes also makes an appearance. ($)
- Some unfortunate news that broke yesterday with a major piece of the M’s front office — and several others — reportedly losing his job.
Mariners are informing a number of baseball operations employees their contracts will not be renewed for 2021, sources tell The Athletic. Among those who will be let go after Oct. 31: VP of scouting Tom Allison.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2020
Around the league...
- Evan Drellich at The Athletic reports that Rob Manfred now has the power to suspend players who steal signs electronically. ($)
- This decision comes after a coach and a clubhouse attendant for the Phillies tested positive yesterday.
The #BlueJays vs. Phillies games this weekend have been postponed per Charlie Montoyo— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 30, 2020
- Yesterday was a major day for prospect call-ups, starting with Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho.
- Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz managed to clear outright waivers — likely due to his contract — and was optioned to Atlanta’s Alternate Site.
- I’m not sure whether or not this actually helps if you’re all on the same plane, but it’s good to see them try something.
Luis Rojas says the Mets are flying to Atlanta tonight on a bigger plane than usual to implement social distancing.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 30, 2020
- MLB and MLBPA came to an agreement yesterday that would allow teams to play seven-inning double-headers this year.
- Edwin Díaz continues to struggle with the Mets. Bring him home.
Edwin Díaz faced five batters tonight and retired one of them. His night ends after he hits José Peraza with a pitch to force in a run.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 31, 2020
In comes Paul Sewald.
Red Sox 4, Mets 2, top ninth.
- Sam Miller at ESPN writes in defense of the extra-innings-runner-on-second rule.