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Freddie Freeman is losing strength in his wrist


“I’ve got nothing left, really,” Freddie Freeman told reporters following the Braves’ 14-12 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. Freeman went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and RBI double, but consider his extra-base efforts a rare silver lining. His left wrist has been bothering him since he fractured it on a hit-by-pitch back in May, and even after a lengthy stint on the disabled list, he appears to be losing strength at an alarming rate. “It feels like I’m swinging a wet newspaper,” he added.

It’s unclear how the Braves will proceed with their infielder, but it doesn’t look good for the remainder of Freeman’s season with the club. Despite continued efforts to build up strength in his wrist, his bat speed is “absolutely gone,” and with it, his power numbers against left-handed pitchers. Over 102 plate appearances against lefties, Freeman carries a .250/.343/.477 batting line and just five home runs, making Saturday’s two-run shot off of Chicago left-hander Jon Lester all the more impressive.

Overall, however, the 27-year-old has posted remarkable numbers in 2017, especially given the 47 days he missed due to injury. He slashed .311/.409/.602 with 23 home runs and a 1.011 OPS in 391 PA leading up to the loss this weekend, and while his 3.7 fWAR isn’t close to the career 6.1 mark he set in 2016, it’s enough to make him the most valuable hitter on the Braves’ roster this season. It’s clear that Freeman isn’t leaving anything on the field, but if the club expects a return to an MVP-level production rate in 2018, it might be time to try a more conservative approach while he works his way back up to full strength.

Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.