Roy Oswalt would be open to restructuring contract

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Roy Oswalt confirmed Friday that he would be willing to restructure his $16 million club option for 2012 given the right situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I’m going to find a way to get it done,” Oswalt told a
gathering of Houston reporters. “I’m not going to go somewhere
where it’s going to be bad for me. And I don’t want to put the
Astros in a bad situation.”

“The money part I can work out with anybody, that’s not a big
deal,” he said Friday. “We can work on doing different things as
far as restructuring, whatever they want to do. That’s not a big
deal.”

This is pretty easy to understand. If Oswalt gets traded, he wants to control his destiny, at least a little bit. Since he negotiated a no-trade clause in his contract, he has every right to do so. His preference is only part of the story, anyway. If the Cardinals are only offering Brendan Ryan and Jon Jay, this simply isn’t happening.

Kris Bryant exits game with sprained right ankle

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The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.

Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.

Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby

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Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.

Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).

Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.