MLB.coms’ Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are searching for a fourth outfielder, ideally one who bats from the left side. Coincidentally, they have four main targets: Ichiro Suzuki, Nate Schierholtz, Andy Dirks, and Will Venable.
Suzuki, Schierholtz, and Dirks are free agents. Venable, 32, can become a free agent after the season. He has lost his spot in the Padres’ outfield after they traded for Justin Upton, Wil Myers, and Matt Kemp.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.