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Jo Adell Los Angeles Angels

Two teams still have $100 after the action today. The tie-breaker goes to the team lower in the standings next Monday. Today they are both in the top four.

Alex Patton Alex

Same with us.

But we don't have an in-season salary cap in a normal year and the future value of FAABed players is nothing more than a topper.

Alex Patton Alex
Nelson Cruz Minnesota Twins

Strange decision by the Pirates to have Burdi pitch to Cruz with runners on second and third, one out in the bottom of the ninth, the score tied. Sano on deck.

Yes, Burdi does walk batters... but pitching to Nelson Cruz seems like such a bad idea and it is.

Alex Patton Alex

Don't know about them, but my league dropped the in season cap b/c it's a redraft. Nobody is going to dump.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves

Just carried off the field.  Atlanta "hopes he did not rupture his Achilles."  His owners, me included, are sobbing in the corner, for this year and next.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Do y'all have in-season team salary cap?  Seems like $61 would be hard to fit under such a cap ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Some buys today in the ADL ($100 FAAB)...

Nick Madrigal $61

Jordan Montgomery $58

Nate Pearson $56

Zach Plesac $46

Cole Sulser $20

Dan Altavilla $19

Brady Singer $15

Nick Goody $12

We are playing the short game.

Alex Patton Alex

MLB.TV free game of the day today is ... Paddack vs Buehler ... hoping it's a good game :-)

610pm PT

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Card/Tigers series is cancelled. Adjust, if you can, your lineups accordingly.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jo Adell Los Angeles Angels

It looks like Jo Adell is getting the call. My best guess would be the Angels are looking at Trout, Goodwin, and Adell in the OF. Pujols at 1B, with Upton sliding into the DH slot. Ohtani is more than likely heading to the IL.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Edinson Volquez Texas Rangers

I picked Volquez up for $1 yesterday. That was before I had looked at his Career Stats line...but we've seen SPs make the transition to relief before. 

And Volquez did pitch the 9th in yesterday's win, albeit with a 4-run lead. I think he's going to be the guy. We'll see. 

Scott Shea SJS
Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

So he is upset he "only" started 8 of the first 10 games while going 2 for 15 with 9ks in the past few games?? What a dick,  even without all the past drama.  I'm not a Mets fan, but if I were I'd say good riddance, and nice job on that contract restructure.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nick Madrigal Chicago White Sox

And you can put it in the books.

In Baseball America's prospect rundown...

Chicago White Sox

Nick Madrigal earned the first four hits of his big league career Sunday, going 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in one run. The White Sox No. 4 prospect was making his third start after being called up on July 31.

<video of the knock to right>

Alex Patton Alex
Jon Lester Chicago Cubs

Manfred's view:

“The protocols are a series of little things that people need to do,” Manfred told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We’ve had some problems. In order to be better, it’s another series of little things. I think it’s peer pressure. I think it’s players taking personal responsibility.”

Health expert's view:

Kathleen Bachynski, an assistant professor of public health at Muhlenberg College, took issue with Manfred’s comments, writing on Twitter that the virus thrives “when people insist on sticking with a poor plan to the bitter end.”

Bachynski said in a phone interview that her biggest concerns were about the plan itself. She said she was shocked when she read that the M.L.B. manual did not detail steps for the league and players to follow after an outbreak.

“You can certainly say you want to encourage safe personal behaviors,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. But that doesn’t make up for not having a written policy. And the responsibility has to be on the league to provide safe conditions to play in.

“I just don’t think it makes sense to put the burden of all of this on the players.”

Jon Lester's view:

“I don’t know Rob’s situation, and I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth on that one,” Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester told reporterson Saturday. “But I do know we — not only the players, but families — are making sacrifices day in and day out. I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth. I guess I’ll stop there.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/sports/baseball/mlb-coronavirus-outbreaks.html


Alex Patton Alex
Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

The starting lineup was zoomed to the players in their hotel and zoom he was gone.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/02/yoenis-cespedes-confronted-mets-about-playing-time-before-opting-out/

Alex Patton Alex
Niko Goodrum Detroit Tigers

0-for-5 with three Ks yeterday.

I'm not saying I picked Niko last Sunday for his batting average, but I finally did what I've long promised to do: ignore batting average.

The team's batting average today is .199. Next worst team is .225.

Best batting average is .275. So far, much to my surprise, the pitchers have had the upper hand.

Alex Patton Alex
Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox

Four-for-four with two touch-em-alls against the Yankees. It will be interesting to see his G/L/F when we get the feed. It's currently 39/17/43.

Alex Patton Alex
Nick Ahmed Arizona Diamondbacks

Another small sample size but it's harder to be colder than Nick's been so far. He socially distanced yesterday.

BB and SO percents suggest a good prognosis.

Alex Patton Alex
Nicky Lopez Kansas City Royals

I know it's a small sample size, but I'm starting to wonder if his high averages in the minors won't translate to the majors.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Framber Valdez Houston Astros

Threw a great 6 1/3 innings in piggyback relief today.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

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