We could see some more trade action before August 31, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on revocable waivers.
Marcum landed on the disabled list in mid-June with an elbow injury, but he returned Saturday against the Pirates and gave up four unearned runs over five innings. His waiver period expires Thursday at 1 p.m., so teams won’t get a chance to get another look at him before he starts later that day against the Cubs. Given the risk involved, it’s possible he could pass through waivers unclaimed.
No word on who might be interested, but the Dodgers are known to be in the market for another starting pitcher and likely wouldn’t shy away from absorbing the roughly $1.6 million left on his contract. Marcum, 30, has a 3.19 ERA and 82/27 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings over 87 1/3 innings this season and is due to hit free agency this winter.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.
For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.
After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:
“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”
Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:
We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.