Major League Baseball released the bracket for the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held on Monday, July 10 at Marlins Park in Miami.
No. 1 seed Giancarlo Stanton (21 HR entering Wednesday’s action) will face No. 8 seed Gary Sanchez (13 HR).
No. 2 seed Aaron Judge (28 HR) will face No. 7 seed Justin Bour (18 HR).
No. 3 seed Cody Bellinger (24 HR) will face No. 6 seed Charlie Blackmon (18 HR).
No. 4 seed Mike Moustakas (24 HR) will face No. 5 seed Miguel Sano (20 HR).
The winner of Stanton/Sanchez will face the winner of Moustakas/Sano and the winner of Judge/Bour will face the winner of Bellinger/Blackmon in the second round.
Should be a lot of fun.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.