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Video: J.T. Riddle walks Marlins off with first career homer

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Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle picked a great time to hit his first major league home run. In the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, the Marlins and Mets were tied 2-2 in what had already to that point been a great game. The Marlins had been working on a combined no-hitter and Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a line drive hit by teammate Marcell Ozuna.

Riddle stole the show, though, blasting a walk-off two-run homer off of interim closer Addison Reed, sending the Marlins home happy.

After Sunday’s performance, Riddle is hitting .182/.182/.455 with the home run and two RBI in 12 plate appearances. Riddle entered the season rated as the Marlins’ 12th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Report: Indians, Padres still talking about starting pitching trade

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians and Padres are still discussing a potential trade for a starting pitcher, namely Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Rosenthal adds that a deal isn’t close and is unlikely to occur before Opening Day. The Padres are balking at the Indians’ asking prices for the two starters.

The Padres could certainly use an ace at the top of the rotation. With the addition of Manny Machado, the lineup is looking decent, but beyond Joey Lucchesi, the starting pitching doesn’t inspire confidence.

Kluber, who turns 33 years old next month, has club options for the next two seasons at $13.5 million and $14 million with $1 million buyouts each. Last year, the right-hander finished third in AL Cy Young balloting, finishing 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and a 222/34 K/BB ratio in 215 innings.

Bauer, 28, is earning $13 million this season and will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration heading into 2020. Last year, Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and a 221/57 K/BB ratio across 175 1/3 innings.

The Indians are the prohibitive favorites in the AL Central once again, but that has as much to do with the mediocrity of the rest of the division as the Indians’ commitment to competing. If the Indians were to trade either or both starters, that would be good news for the Twins, who are projected to be 15 games worse than the Indians but still finish in second place, according to PECOTA from Baseball Prospectus.