Indians to promote Zach Walters, not Francisco Lindor, to replace Jose Ramirez

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians are expected to promote Zach Walters, not prospect Francisco Lindor, to replace Jose Ramirez on the 25-man roster. Ramirez was demoted on Sunday after batting .180/.247/.240 across 170 plate appearances.

Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the deadline last July in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade, has spent most of the 2015 season with Triple-A Columbus. He posted a mediocre .701 OPS in 118 PA.

Lindor, 21, ranked among the game’s 10 best prospects entering the season according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus. With Columbus, he has hit .269/.342/.393 with two home runs, 21 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 231 PA. Rosenthal suggests that Lindor could get his promotion to the majors soon, though.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.