The struggling Athletics, at 14-29, are expected to sell as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, but GM Billy Beane is apprehensive to move catcher Stephen Vogt and starter Scott Kazmir. Per Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily, Beane’s plan was to hold onto Kazmir and make him a qualifying offer after the season.
As for Vogt, Beane was firm when a GM asked about him, saying, “I’m not trading Vogt. Period.”
Kazmir, 31, has a 3.08 ERA with a 49/19 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings across eight starts this season. Vogt, 30, has been baseball’s most productive catcher on the offensive end of things, batting .311/.411/.615 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
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.