Cincinnati is still feeling some positive vibes from a highly successful week of All-Star festivities, but big business is underway in the executive offices at Great American Ball Park. This comes from John Fay’s latest in the Cincinnati Enquirer …
The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they [are] willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has stated that Home Run Derby hero Todd Frazier will not be traded, and we can probably rule out Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Homer Bailey because of their contracts (and other factors). But it seems plausible that Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd, Skip Schumaker, and Brayan Pena could all be on the move ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Cueto and Leake definitely because of their status as big-ticket impending free agents.
Fay notes that Jocketty’s approval rating has “eroded” in Cincy, so this is going to be an important couple of weeks for him personally. It’s also an important couple of weeks for the organization, which has been in bad need of a rebuild. The club’s record as of Sunday morning was 40-48. And the farm system isn’t great.
From the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …
Gillaspie served as Chicago’s starting third baseman for much of the first half, but he entered play Sunday with a brutal .237/.276/.364 batting line. Gillaspie hit .282/.336/.416 in 130 games last season.
He is only 28 years old, so there will probably be some trade interest out there from opposing teams.
Tyler Saladino has taken over at the hot corner for the White Sox. Gordon Beckham is in the mix too.
The range, the arm strength, the confidence. Watch as Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado robs Padres catcher Austin Hedges of at least a single on Saturday night at San Diego’s Petco Park …
Arenado, 24, also has an outstanding .910 OPS with 24 home runs and 70 RBI in 87 games this season. If his offensive and defensive development continues apace, he’ll be an MVP finalist at some point soon.
Things got a little heated Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in a battle of the two Texas teams …
Maybe they were arguing over who had the sweetest throwbacks? Tough pick, really. “These guys want to play ball,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told MLB.com after the game. “They play with energy and passion. They are not going to be pushed around. I think we woke some guys up. I like where we are at.”
Texas wound up beating Houston 7-6 behind another big night from second baseman Rougned Odor.
The first-place Cardinals closed out the first half of 2015 with three straight losses in Pittsburgh, which allowed the Pirates to move their once-gaping deficit in the National League Central standings to just 2 1/2 games. But facing this current Mets offense can do wonders for a struggling team with good pitching.
St. Louis topped New York 3-2 on Friday night behind a very solid outing from Lance Lynn and then rolled to an easy 12-2 rout on Saturday. Randal Grichuk homered twice and collected a career-high six RBI. Jason Heyward tallied five hits, continuing to stay hot after a somewhat sluggish first two months. Starter John Lackey gave up 10 hits but only one run.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has dropped two games in a row in Milwaukee.
The standings gap is back to 4 1/2 games entering play Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Mariners 4, Yankees 3
Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
Royals 7, White Sox 6 (13 innings)
Dodgers 4, Nationals 2
Marlins 1, Phillies 3
Orioles 3, Tigers 0
Pirates 5, Brewers 8
Cubs 4, Braves 0
Indians 9, Reds 4
Rangers 7, Astros 6
Mets 2, Cardinals 12
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4
Rockies 4, Padres 5
Red Sox 0, Angels 3
Twins 2, Athletics 3 (10 innings)