VlaDHimir Guerrero

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Get me, I’m clairvoyant. I said this on July 8th:

The Angels lose Vlad to a knee injury that, while maybe not terribly
serious, has to be enough to keep him from ever playing the field
again, right? I mean, he has to be a DH at this point, doesn’t he?

The Angels said this yesterday:

The Angels plan to restrict Vladimir Guerrero to designated hitter
for the rest of the season, raising the possibility that Angels fans
have seen him play in right field for the last time.

If you want Tuesday night’s Mega Millions numbers just wire me, like, a hundred bucks or so.

If you want something actually worth a damn, however, go read Jason’s remembrance of Vlad’s peak.
He’s having a hard time getting his mind around Guerrero not patrolling
right field. I am too, actually. I suppose that’s the consequence of
watching him come up like a beast in the east, but having his physical
decline take place on the west coast, where I’ve only rarely seen him
in recent years.

In my mind, he’s still in an Expos uniform unloading howitzer shots from right field.

Report: Royals sign Neftali Feliz

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.

Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.

The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).