Report: Giants talking to Red Sox about trade for Alejandro De Aza

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The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds earlier this month after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports they aren’t done trying to make some tweaks to their roster.

De Aza really struggled with the Orioles earlier this year, but he’s batting .292 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs), 25 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 60 games since joining the Red Sox in June. Boston is understandably running Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. out there on most days right now, but De Aza could be a useful piece for a contender in a part-time or bench role.

The clock is ticking on the possibility, as the Giants must get a deal done by the end of the day today in order to have De Aza eligible for the postseason. Stay tuned.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.