Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Braves were shopping Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado, and had already talked to the Royals about a potential deal, but now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that those discussions have “stalled.”
According to Dutton the Royals expressed interest in Jurrjens and the Braves offered to include Prado along with him, but Kansas City balked at the asking price of outfield prospects Wil Myers and Lorenzo Cain.
Dutton speculates that they’d be willing to deal Cain, but Myers is probably off-limits. Which makes sense, because Cain is 25 years old and yet to get an extended shot in the majors, while Myers played this season at Double-A as a 20-year-old and is considered one of the top hitting prospects in baseball.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.