The Dodgers acquired pitcher Bronson Arroyo from the Braves as part of a massive three-team trade also involving the Marlins. The thought was that the money-laden Dodgers would pick up Arroyo’s tab — roughly $8 million — to offset some of the salaries involved in the expansive trade. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the club is only picking up $500,000. The Braves are on the hook for the remaining balance
Arroyo, 38, had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in July last year. He could make his season debut by the end of August or, more realistically, in September. The veteran of 15 seasons posted a 4.08 ERA with a 47/19 K/BB ratio across 15 starts last season prior to landing on the disabled list.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.