Last winter the St. Louis Cardinals were rumored to be interested in then-free agent Justin Turner. This was part of a two week period in the runup to the Winter Meetings in which they signed Dexter Fowler and then were rumored to be after other big fish such as Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion.
None of that came to pass and they decided to handle third base by sticking with Jhonny Peralta. Peralta was a bust this year and has been let go. Jon Morosi of MLB Network is hearing that they want to revisit all of that:
There hasn’t been any suggestion I’m aware of that the Blue Jays would want to trade the former AL MVP. Even if they did, it’d cost the Cardinals a great deal for him even if he is having a down year (.238/.350/.457, 8 HR). Donaldson is in the second year of a two-year, arbitration-avoiding deal he signed in February 2016. He’s making $17 million.
Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose, but it strikes me that if Plan B at third base for the Cardinals was “go out and trade for a big name third baseman who makes a lot of money and who would cost a package of prospects,” maybe St. Louis should’ve considered Justin Turner for Plan A a lot more harder than they did.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.