Blue Jays, Giants are interested in Justin Morneau

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Jon Heyman says that the Blue Jays and Giants have expressed interest in Justin Morneau. Add this to that Dodgers speculation from last week.

And as we said last week, Morneau, sadly, is not what he used to be. He’s effective against righties and would be an upgrade for the teams who are seeking him, however, so a trade could definitely happen.  It just wouldn’t be the “OMG superstar!” trade feelings that his name still invokes.

Morenau is hitting .260/.322/.457 with 13 homers, but almost all of that damage has come against righties.

Jordan Hicks throws 105 MPH twice against Phillies

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One likely wouldn’t guess it based on his strikeout rate, but Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks is one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game. The right-hander hit 105 MPH on the radar gun twice during Sunday’s appearance against the Phillies, according to Statcast.

Hicks was asked if he could throw harder than 105 MPH. He said, “I surprised myself yesterday (when he reached (103.8 MPH), I surprised myself today. We’ll see.”

Hicks got the final four outs of Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies. He walked two and struck out one. He carries a 2.05 ERA but has only nine strikeouts and 16 walks in 22 innings this season.