Mariners won’t be trading Kendrys Morales

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Kendrys Morales was placed on revocable waivers by the Mariners and got claimed, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Seattle pulled him back and will be keeping the switch-hitter for the remainder of the season.

Who knows what type of offer they got for Morales, but if the Mariners turned down any kind of decent prospect for a 30-year-old impending free agent designated hitter … well, that would add to their pile of questionable decision-making.

Morales is having a decent season, hitting .281 with 17 homers and a .782 OPS in 127 games, but it’s hard to imagine the Mariners making him the $14 million qualifying offer necessary to get draft pick compensation for his signing elsewhere because he’d presumably just accept the one-year deal if they did.

Seattle held on to a bunch of veterans at the July 31 trade deadline under the guise that they wanted to finish the season strong. Since then they’ve gone 9-16 are are now 59-73 overall.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.