Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Mets will skip Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom’s final turn in the rotation


Jacob deGrom’s final turn in the Mets’ rotation will be skipped in order to limit his workload, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

deGrom missed some time with a shoulder injury last month and has thrown 179 innings between the minors and majors, including 140 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 144/43 K/BB ratio for the Mets as a 26-year-old rookie.

Reds speedster Billy Hamilton is the more-hyped National League Rookie of the Year candidate and he’s also had a good season–making up for poor hitting with speed and defense–but deGrom would probably get my (hypothetical) vote.

Last week deGrom tied the MLB record by striking out the first eight batters he faced against the Marlins and overall since mid-June he has a 1.90 ERA in 15 starts.

What’s it like to try to pitch-frame a 100-mph fastball?

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Pitch-framing is becoming increasingly studied as analysts (and teams) try to determine how much defensive value can be gained by a catcher that goes beyond throwing out runners and calling a good game.

Dan Anderson, who’s one half of the “No Juice Podcast” along with Parker Hageman of Twins Daily, put on some catcher’s gear and attempted to pitch frame a 100-mph fastball.

It did not go well:

There’s apparently another video coming soon of Hageman trying to hit a 100-mph fastball, which I’m sure goes equally poorly.

J.J. Hardy likes playing for the Orioles, but “whatever happens, happens” in free agency

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J.J. Hardy cut off contract extension talks with the Orioles when the two sides were unable to come to an agreement in April, so now the impending free agent shortstop is on the verge of hitting the open market.

Hardy told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that he’d like to re-sign with the Orioles, but noted that “everything changes” once free agency enters the picture. “If I make it to free agency, it’s whatever happens, happens.”

Hardy is finishing up a three-year, $22.5 million contract, during which he’s hit .257 with 56 homers and a .700 OPS while playing 454 of a possible 480 games following lots of previous questions about his durability.

He’s also remained an excellent defensive shortstop into his 30s and Fan Graphs pegs his offensive and defensive contributions as being worth $48 million during the three-year contract based on Wins Above Replacement. In other words, Hardy has given the Orioles a lot more value than they paid for.

Now the question is will teams–including the division rival Yankees, who need a Derek Jeter replacement–be willing to make a big multi-year commitment to a 32-year-old shortstop.

Anibal Sanchez is back with the Tigers, as a reliever

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Anibal Sanchez returns from the disabled list today after missing the past six weeks with a strained pectoral muscle, but instead of jumping back into the Tigers’ rotation he’ll be eased back in the mix as a reliever.

Because the minor-league season is over Sanchez wasn’t able to build up the necessary arm strength to start on a rehab assignment, so he comes off the disabled list following a 45-pitch simulated game Sunday.

Asked about Sanchez’s role, manager Brad Ausmus told Jason Beck of

It would depend on how deep the starter went. If the starter struggles, he could probably pitch the sixth and seventh. If the starter did well, he could probably pitch the seventh, he could probably pitch the eighth. Really, his stuff is that good. I wouldn’t be afraid to use him at any point in the game, really.

Sanchez has just one previous relief appearance, way back in 2006 when he was a 22-year-old rookie for the Marlins.

Detroit has the rotation depth to survive without Sanchez, who led the league in ERA last season and had a 3.46 ERA in 125 innings before being shut down this year. They can rely on David Price, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Rick Porcello while potentially using Sanchez in a multi-inning, high-leverage relief role in a bullpen that has been a problem all year.

Matt Shoemaker’s chances of pitching this week are “very remote”

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Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker is making steady progress in his recovery from a mild oblique strain, but manager Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of that his chances of returning to pitch this week are “very remote.”

Of course, the Angels already have the division title wrapped up, so they’re a lot more worried about Shoemaker’s status for the playoffs. And about that, Scioscia said he’s “very encouraged” for the possibility of having him available in October.

Shoemaker came out of nowhere to go 16-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings as a 27-year-old rookie, including a 9-1 record and 1.49 ERA in 67 innings since late July.