Report: White Sox interested in Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton

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It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the White Sox as sellers, but they have gone 16-8 this month and sit at 49-50 on the year, just 2 1/2 games back in what is shaping up to be a compelling Wild Card race in the American League. With that in mind, they are on the lookout for a bat:

Bob Nightengale of USA Today also hears that the White Sox are looking for a bat and have inquired about Cespedes.

Big things were expected out of Chicago’s offense this season after the splashy additions of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but the club currently ranks 27th in the majors in runs scored. Cabrera has turned things on of late, but LaRoche has really struggled outside of a productive May and could be at risk for losing at-bats if the White Sox make a deal. Avisail Garcia, who has a .658 OPS against right-handed pitching, could also be vulnerable. Cespedes and Upton are both due to be free agents this winter, but they could really move the needle for a contender.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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