Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ramos is likely to remain on the disabled list through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Ramos, 30, was drawing a lot of trade interest after putting together a terrific first half of the season. He hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances, earning a nomination to the American League All-Star team. Due to his injury, Ramos was replaced by the Indians’ Yan Gomes.
The Rays went into the All-Star break with a 49-47 record. While above .500, they are 18 games out of first place in the AL East and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card race with three teams ahead of them, including the second-place, 62-win Yankees. Baseball Prospectus gives the Rays a 7.6 chance to make the playoffs. Understandably, the club may be more motivated to sell than to go full bore towards competing for a playoff appearance.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.