As first reported by MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the Rockies have promoted top prospect Nolan Arenado from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will make him their starting third baseman going forward. Chris Nelson, who had been getting the majority of playing time at the hot corner this season, was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.
Arenado ranked 42nd on Baseball America‘s Top 100 heading into the 2012 season and was expected to climb to Denver at some point that summer. But his offensive numbers were not great at Double-A Tulsa and there were some concerns raised about his maturity level, so he never got the call.
The talented 22-year-old slid to 52nd on Baseball America‘s Top 100 this past winter but has finally begun hitting the cover off the ball like every prospect evaluator thought he would.
Arenado had a .364/.392/.667 batting line, three homers, 11 doubles and 21 RBI through 18 games this year at the Triple-A level. He’s joining a first-place Rockies team with a surprising 15-9 record.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera, who began his career in Cleveland, would be a utility guy. Which is not exactly the Indians’ greatest need — they need a starting pitcher above all else — but improvement is improvement. Not much improvement in Cabrera’s case as he’s hitting .250/.333/.398 with nine homers in 70 games this season, but that’s useful if he’s cool with a strictly utility role. Which he’d have to be given that the Indians are solid at second, third and short.
Cabrera would come pretty cheaply of course. Partially because he’s not major piece, partially because he sort of hilariously demanded a trade last month. In large part because he wants to play shortstop which, now that I think about it, may complicate this whole “Cabrera for a utility role” idea the Indians seem to have.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Rangers “have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring” Yu Darvish.
Texas is only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot, but there are five teams ahead of them and they’ve really never had any traction this year. Such is not the stuff on which a team bases an all-in playoff run. Darvish, meanwhile, is in his walk year, so the Rangers have some incentive to get value for him. Passan says the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers could have interest in him, but really, he’d improve any contender.
Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 131 strikeouts and 42 walks in 125.1 innings.