UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that there should be a resolution between the A’s and Indians “one way or the other” on Friday.
As for a possible return for Oakland, they reportedly like prospect second baseman Joey Wendle. The 24-year-old batted .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 50 RBI over 87 games this past season in Double-A.
7:01 p.m. ET: John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported last night that the Athletics were talking to the Indians about a Brandon Moss deal. Here’s the latest on the situation, courtesy of Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…
The Athletics have already traded Josh Donaldson and it’s beginning to sound like a foregone conclusion that Moss will follow him out the door, whether it’s through a deal with the Indians or not. The 31-year-old is projected to make around $7 million via the arbitration process next season.
Acquiring Moss could spell the end of Swisher’s time in Cleveland, but finding a match might not be easy. The 34-year-old is coming off surgery on both knees and is owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons, so the Indians would likely have to eat a chunk of the contract in order to get a deal done.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.