There were some notable snubs after looking over the rosters for the American and National Leagues for the upcoming All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami. Fans can vote for one of five finalists for each league to send them to the midsummer classic. They are:
SS – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
SS – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
SS – Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
1B – Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
3B – Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
1B – Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
3B – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3B – Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
1B – Mark Reynolds, Colorado Rockies
3B – Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
You can vote on MLB’s website.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.