Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have been “vocal” to the Marlins about trading for outfielder Christian Yelich. Rosenthal says the Phillies kicked around a trade concept in which the team acquired Yelich along with Giancarlo Stanton and absorbed the remainder of both players’ contracts, but the two teams have yet to actually discuss the possibility.
Yelich, 25, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March 2015. He has $44.5 million remaining through 2021. He isn’t quite performing at the level he did last season, carrying a .280/.359/.406 batting line into the All-Star break along with eight home runs, 43 RBI, 57 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 374 plate appearances.
Stanton, 27, famously inked a 13-year, $325 million extension with the Marlins in November 2014. He still has $297 million remaining through 2027, but he can opt out after the 2020 season and he has a full no-trade clause. Stanton entered the break batting .277/.360/.572 with 58 RBI and a National League-best 26 home runs in 369 PA.
The Phillies have the resources to take on both players’ contracts if needed. The club has a payroll just north of $100 million for this season and outfielder Odubel Herrera is the only player signed long-term. As a result, The Phillies’ obligations for 2018 currently stand at $5.85 million. Several years ago, the Phillies and Comcast SportsNet reached a new TV deal worth more than $2.5 billion over 25 years.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.