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A Yasiel Puig-Ryan Braun trade was 20 minutes from happening . . . and still could happen.


Bob Nightengale of USA Today lets this little nugget drop about the recently-passed waiver trade deadline:

[Ryan] Braun and [Yasiel] Puig were about 20 minutes from being traded to the Dodgers two weeks ago, according to several executives with direct knowledge of their trade talks, but the teams ran out of time at the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

Nightengale says that the Dodgers would’ve taken Braun and his full contract in exchange for Puig, Brandon McCarthy and prospects. He also says that the clubs “vowed to revisit the talks again this winter.”

He goes so far as to say that “in 2017, Braun will likely don the traditional blue and white colors of the Los Angeles Dodgers.” He’s a bit more guarded, however, about where Puig will play, saying “the next uniform Dodgers embattled outfielder Yasiel Puig might be wearing next season are the blue and gold colors of the Brewers.”

It makes me suspect that the Dodgers wanted Braun but were balking, perhaps worrying that they were selling Puig too low. Maybe they pry Braun away because the Brewers would love to be rid of his contract, but it may take a lesser or, at the very least, a different package, to get him.

Puig is 5-for-14 with three homers, six RBI and four walks since coming back up from his stint in the minors, where he totally raked. He is being praised in the pages of the Los Angeles Times as well for his maturity and approach. For the first time since June, Puig is batting cleanup in tonight’s game.

The Dodgers may still wish to be rid of Puig, at least assuming he doesn’t help carry them to a World Series title. If they do, however, they’ll probably demand more from him than a veteran on the wrong side of 30 with a big contact.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.


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