Orioles place Steve Pearce on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Steve Pearce’s entire season has been a huge letdown after his breakout 2014 campaign and now the Orioles infielder/outfielder is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Last year Pearce got the first extended playing time of his career at age 31 and hit .293 with 21 homers and a .930 OPS in 102 games, but his OPS has plummeted 250 points this season as he’s hit just .227.

Pearce has played sparingly of late, as manager Buck Showalter tries out other bats, and based on the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries he may not be ready to play again until September.

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.