Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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Apologies for the abbreviated recaps today. I woke up this morning with no Internet service for some reason. Likely because society is crumbling and we’re all afraid to admit it. Seriously, go read the Foundation Trilogy sometime. You can be technologically advanced in most respects and still enter a dark age. It happens. It begins by blogging from a cell phone signal like it’s the Middle Ages or something.

Anyway, I would be remiss in not at least mentioning one performance from last night: Clayton Kershaw pitching an eight-hit shutout and striking out 13. I mean, sure, it was the Phillies and that’s sort of unfair, but they’re still nominally major league hitters. Kershaw, of course, isn’t an All-Star and likely won’t even win the Final Vote thing. This despite a K/BB ratio of 160/27 in 123 innings and a WHIP of 1.02. I mean, he’s no Brad Boxberger.

The scores:

Dodgers 5, Phillies 0
Twins 5, Orioles 3
Brewers 6, Braves 5
Tigers 5, Mariners 4
Mets 4, Giants 1
Yankees 5, Athletics 4
Pirates 5, Padres 2
Red Sox 6, Marlins 3
Indians 4, Astros 2
Cardinals 6, Cubs 5
Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 4
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
Royals 9, Rays 7
Angels 3, Rockies 2
Reds vs. Nationals: POSTPONED

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.