Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Carlos Gonzalez asked for a trade


Jon Heyman is reporting that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez expressed interest in a trade in a meeting recently with the Rockies front office.

Now would be the time. The Rockies aren’t competing, and CarGo is hitting well, with a line of .319/.368/.556 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI through 81 games.

Heyman says the Giants could be a candidate, though intra-divisional trades of stars aren’t particularly common. The Nationals and Indians could certainly use an outfield bat, but Gonzalez is owed a prorated $17 million for this year and $20 million next year. Cleveland is not typically in the business of taking on giant contracts. Washington could. The White Sox could maybe use him if they think they’re truly contending.

It was suspected that the Rockies would at least listen to offers for Gonzalez. Seems now that he’s telling them, yeah, listen to offers, please.


Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz replaces Matt Carpenter on the All-Star team


Another hour passes, another snub rectified. This one due to a legit injury to Matt Carpenter, the teammate of the guy added to the team.

That guy added: Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who has a great case to be on the All-Star team regardless of any injuries to anyone. He’s hitting .319 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI, 22 doubles, 54 runs scored, a .382 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage as a rookie.  He’s among NL leaders in batting average (6th), runs scored (7th) and doubles (6th). He was a life saver when Jhonny Peralta went down early in the season and ended up moving him over to third base.

Corey Kluber replaces Marco Estrada on the All-Star roster


The most boring and pointless thing to talk about this week and into early next week are All-Star snubs. For one thing, when you have a fan voting system and an “every team must have a representative” system, merit is only tangentially related to All-Star rosters, rendering the concept of “snubs” rather pointless. More to the point, however: a HUGE number of the guys who were putatively snubbed will end up making the All-Star team anyway due to injuries, “injuries” and guys simply backing out for various reasons, even if MLB doesn’t want them to.

The first replacement just came down: Indians starter Corey Kluber has been named to the AL All-Star roster as a replacement for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Kluber is 8-8 with a 3.79 ERA, striking out 114 batters in 114 innings. He’s been better than his record too, holding a 1.04 WHIP and limiting batters to a .219 batting average. Kluber joins fellow Indians Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor on the roster.

There will be a lot more of these. Some for legit DL injuries like Estrada’s, some for ailments which, miraculously, heal late next week.