Angels and Pirates “engaged in serious talks” about Jeff Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap

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Pittsburgh’s quest for catching help following injuries to Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit led them contact the Angels about Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Morosi reports that the Pirates and Angels “engaged in serious talks” about Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap, but “the discussions fell apart after Pirates officials decided they couldn’t part with Jones’ power bat.”

Which is sort of funny, since Jones hit .248 with nine homers in the first half for a .438 slugging percentage that ranks 85th among MLB hitters with at least 200 plate appearances. He’s also 30 years old.

In other words, he seems like a perfectly reasonable return for Mathis, who’s currently hitting .195 and has a lifetime .569 OPS. Morosi, of course, has a slightly different take, writing: “Although they didn’t come to fruition, the talks reflect how seriously each team is pursuing improvements for a primary area of need.”

Yeah, something like that.

Your latest National League All-Star voting update

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Not much has changed with the All-Star voting in the National League this week. All of the same leaders from last week are leading this week. Matt Kemp and Bryce Harper have flip-flopped at 2-3 in the outfield voting but it’s still all the same.

Buster Posey leads at catcher, first base is Freddie Freeman, second is his Braves teammate Ozzie Albies, third is Nolan Arenado, short is Brandon Crawford and Nick Markakis leads the outfield trio.

Your current leaders and their closest pursuers: