Add the Indians to the list of teams in the mix for free agent Chase Headley, as Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that they “have shown interest” in the third baseman.
Cleveland already has Lonnie Chisenhall at third base and he hit .280 with 13 homers and a .770 OPS in 142 games this season at age 25. However, he slumped in the second half and Castrovince writes that the Indians may be open to moving him to the outfield or maybe even trading him.
It seems unlikely that the Indians would winning a bidding war for Headley, especially since they have a decent third baseman already and Yankees are interested in re-signing him, but the possibility apparently exists.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.